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Frank Williams says he doesn't want a new RRA to see teams have to deal with interference in their financial affairs

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jose - Unregistered

June 28, 2012 1:56 PM

We see that old Frank is still about paying drivers less.
I wonder just how much should a driver demand.
He puts his Life on the line , week after week. They take
all the risks, owners and others take none. They enjoy
the benefits with out having to be exposed to the danger or
the real risks the driver faces each weekend.
A very delicate situation, most 'team Owners' avoid this
question, 'that unspeakable truth'.
How much is a top five driver worth?
When I think about risks I can think of only one answer.
What ever the amount, its never enough!

Badman, Jose

Sean - Unregistered

June 28, 2012 2:32 PM

I generally agree with Frank, but to talk about limiting the drivers salary is ridiculous ... how much does Maldonado & Senna combined bring into the team, in fact, the amount they bring is well known to be the deciding factor in gaining a seat with Williams!!! Maybe if he is talking about restricting the amount of sponsorship (directly linked to many drivers contracts) any driver can bring would sort that out ... what do you think, Frank?

Ahhhhh ... I didn't think so!

Drivers are what make the sport, you can have the best car on the grid with a donkey behind the wheel ... The car is nothing without the driver, and the opposite could also be argued. So then, should we limit salaries, sponsorship AND R&D costs? ...

A non-starter for me ... Schumacher at one stage was paid $2m a race, if not more ...
and he was worth every single penny ... He was instrumental in building the team into what we now know to be te Ferrari brand ... expensive? ... maybe with all the additional salaries, c

Sean - Unregistered

June 28, 2012 2:36 PM

cont ... maybe with all the additional salaries, costs etc ... but please let's stop talking about cost cutting ... all budgets are already secure ... William's even made a profit last year! ... as did Brawn in 2009 ... the year they won the championship! ...

So, in summary, is he talking about shareholder value and dividends? ... well, that certainly has no place in F1 ... I can't see the Ferrari, Mercedes or any other publicly traded company that runs a team being affected by F1 success or failure !!! ...

Oh, hang-on ... Williams IS the PLC in this case ...


Ptolomy - Unregistered

June 28, 2012 5:29 PM

I agree with Jose for once.
If an engine is worth 10m-20m, then I KNOW Sebastian Vettel is worth at least 20m!
These guys do risk their lives every time they put on the show for us. We have been VERY lucky for the last 18 years that we have not lost even a single driver. The potential has been there for several to have been lost. We've just been lucky. Even with all the enhanced safety features of the modern cars.
The drivers are being paid what they are worth, and that should be kept that way. If anything, some of the lesser paid drivers (less than 1m) are not being paid enough!

eagle - Unregistered

June 28, 2012 5:39 PM

As a long time punter of all things motorsport - I don't consider it correct that Ferrari are in effect subsidised. It is like letting a runner have a head start. Sport should be a level playing field it should not be sckewed even before you get out of the running blocks.
It was a great sporting moment when Malandro won this year he kept ahead after having gone in earlier for his last change of tyres that was a great controlled driving and a great team effort. They stuck by their game plan. We need more moments like that but if you give too much away to Ferrari in the first place we are not going to get them.

WSBK has been skewed to Ducati again not attractive to me. At the moment it is MotoGP and MotoGP2 that holds max excitment for me.

cheers all if you have read this

meridabob - Unregistered

June 28, 2012 5:52 PM

Drivers may be risking their lives but I don't think anyone has a gun at their back making them do it. FA is a pay driver too as he brings in a lot of money from Santander, or maybe they pay his way. It is a moot point as how will anyone come up with a fair system that represents risk. Faster cars more risk? HK would disagree I'm sure with MW on the track!

ME - Unregistered

June 28, 2012 6:13 PM

The argument that the driver's put their lives at risk is weak. There are many other occupations that are just as or if not more dangerous. How many police officers, fire fighters, soldiers, etc. have been killed in the line of duty in the last 18yrs. Everyone make a choice as what they want to do in life, it does not grant them a blank cheque.

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