That's why company chief executive Ron Dennis has warned Hamilton not to expect the same sort of pay deal if he decides to re-sign with the team for 2013. Dennis also has concerns about finding a new headline sponsor for the team for 2014, and the future price of engines for the F1 cars as the current supply contract with Mercedes comes to an end next year.
The one team seemingly without any concerns over money is Red Bull, owned by Austrian billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz and funded by the income from the huge worldwide sales of the energy drink.
However, the situation at Red Bull
might not be as headache-free as many assume: as its a private company, Red Bull
does not have to disclose its accounts in the way that publicly traded companies on the stock exchange do, so the exact state of the Austrian company's finances are not known.
But Red Bull's shock decision to suddenly pull out of NASCAR in 2011 perhaps proves that even Mateschitz's pockets have their limits in the current economic climate, which could end up being potentially bad news indeed for their junior F1 team Toro Rosso.