According to AUTOSPORT, Ferrari is set to have a big payday according to documents the site says was revealed to them. Even though finishing second int eh championship, the team stands to take home $192m in prize money.
Now, Formula 1’s payout structure is a little different and is derived over a multi-year performance metric so you’ll need to check out their chart they’ve very kindly put together to see the totals.
AUTOSPORT does a nice job of unpacking how this payout works and what the payments are for so I would recommend viewing the article and getting their insight to the reasons.
Suffice it to say, many will look at the lopsided nature of the chart and discern that the payout structure isn’t equitable but the agreements with each individual team are based on the teams impact on the sport and investment in the sport. It rewards success in the championship and you can see where some folks are torqued over Ferrari’s historic payment allowance.
You can get your calculator out and take the total and divide it equally amongst all the teams and then start your tweets of outrage but the reality is, F1’s successful teams spend more and get more.
The counter argument will be that if you gave Manor $192m, they’d do more and be more successful. I’m not so sure about that and that’s no offense to Manor. There is a significant investment in infrastructure, team personnel who are geniuses and the like and this takes initial investment.
One could look at Haas F1 and see how they may be able to leap past the also-ran teams and maybe start getting a bigger chunk of the pie although they won’t receive any cash for their efforts this season. This may be the best intro to F1 in decades to be honest.
I did find F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone’s comments about the payout humorous as Reuters reported:
“If I was a promoter of pop concerts, I think I’d want a much better performance from the performers than we are getting from the people we are paying the billion dollars to,”
Such is life, F1 pay disparity continues and I wonder who the source was? The teams who are lodging a complaint to the EU over anti-competition laws infringement? Could it be Mr. E or his minions who I argued might be interested in the EU investigation in order to tear up the bilateral contracts FOM have with the teams? Only AUTOSPORT knows.