Force India drivers racing without pay in 2012?
28 August, 2012
Aug.28 (GMM) According to reports, surfacing ahead of the season restart in Belgium, Force India’s drivers – Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg – may have gone without receiving payment from their team for their services so far in 2012.
As the 2011 season kicked off, German driver Hulkenberg said the airline’s high profile financial problems have “nothing to do with us”.
“This is Formula One, not an airline,” he insisted at the time.
Business Book GP 2012 estimates Hulkenberg and Scottish teammate di Resta’s salaries this year at EUR 500,000 and 200,000 respectively.
But Sportwoche cited more than one paddock source in suggesting that the duo have not been paid anything yet.
The magazine said only the payments from title partner Sahara are keeping the Silverstone based team afloat.
Last year we reported that Force India pays bills later than most of its Formula One rivals. At the time the Daily Mail said the Silverstone based team pays bills on average 30 days past due.
“If Vijay sold his yacht, it would keep the team going for a couple of years,” remarked an unnamed supplier.
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