Nico Hulkenberg confronts some of his former Formula 1 peers about their salary cuts, or lack thereof, during the Corona Virus pandemic.
The German believes that the best-paid drivers in the paddock should temporarily forego part of their salary in support of all the employees who have been partially laid off in recent weeks.
It should be noted that drivers with more modest incomes such as Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris, Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll and George Russell, to name but a few, have already announced that they have accepted a reduction in their salary.
On the other hand, the same has not yet happened with championship top names such as Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen.
In fact, it has been confirmed that the salary of the six-time world champion, estimated at 40 million dollars, will not decrease this season.
Nico Hulkenberg told the UK press:
“It’s true that it’s easy for me to comment on this situation as it doesn’t concern me.
“But I think that drivers need to support their teams, especially in difficult times when companies are struggling to survive.
“Some should set an example. It would be fairer to all the employees who have to pay for their houses and who are suffering big financial losses.”
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