F1 » Brundle 'uncomfortable' with F1's increasing pay driver spread


Martin Brundle says the increasing number of pay drivers in F1 is worrying, but something that can't be avoided in the current climate

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powertrain

January 13, 2014 11:27 AM

"However it's disappointing when you see a driver like Paul di Resta getting booted out of F1 when you know that others are in because they're bringing cash. That's the bit I'm getting uncomfortable with."
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PDR the moaner? LMFAO.

Now if Brundle had said Kamui Kobayashi then I could understand .

Essexredneck

January 13, 2014 1:28 PM

Martin, if you are "uncomfortable" with it, everybody else must be "sitting on a thistle" with it.
What F1 is saying to the world is that because it is too incompetent and bent to sort out it's financial situation, it can't afford to pay it's participants, so that Joe Muggins the racegoer sees a few multimillionaire aces and a load of comparatively tardy drivers who have never even won a raffle but whose daddies had large bank accounts which have recently been diminished.
The reality is that F1 could introduce a very low budget cap, and we would see a return to drivers appearing on merit, and also teams that can pay their bills on time.
This ain't going to happen of course, because of those people with power who are determined to maintain the status quo.

MadMatandMe

January 13, 2014 1:36 PM

Without getting too deep. F1 is run in the same Dream State as politicians who run a Country.

When companies are falling over themselves to throw money at the sport every team goes mad and spends shed loads of money on every conceivable piece of design equipment and exotic material they can find. $100M for a private wind-tunnel, $50M on hospitality units fit for a king, 1st class travel for everybody, brand new trucks every two months...
And then, all of a sudden, BANG!, the finances dry up and...!!!!wtf!!!! What are we going to do??????

F1 has bounced way above reality in terms of financial spend for decades and this void between spend and reality has just gotten bigger and bigger and bigger... And it is only these past couple of years that suddenly the penny has dropped (forgive the pun!) that the financial escalation is unsustainable and that the sources of financial income have dried up.

Now, there is a VERY distinct difference between 'Pay Drivers' and drivers who have to

JJ9871011

January 13, 2014 4:23 PM

The problem with placing a salary cap on this is how will they monitor what the teams are spending? One team can say this front wing costs us 100K, while another team would say it only cost them 75K. I think another way to cut costs and to force team to cut on the exotic materials they use.

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