Winning in F1 might not pay
Under the current F1 revenue system, Lotus could win the championship and find itself at a financial disadvantage to the rivals it beat - and Marussia will miss out entirely. Dieter Rencken explains
Imagine ending up on top in the 2013 FIA Formula 1 Constructors' World Championship (and, for that matter, the drivers' division) in the knowledge that three teams you beat hands down in the opening grand prix of the season each stand to earn more in 'Bernie [Ecclestone] Money' – the teams' share of the sport's billion-pound annual revenues – even if they fail to score another point all season.
Equally, imagine beating Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren in the constructors' championship and not being eligible for any form of payout, despite having borne the full brunt of freighting cars, kit and personnel across the world while your competitors have the cost of transporting two chassis, 10,000kg of airfreight and 20 economy class tickets covered by the commercial rights holder, Formula One Management – per flyaway grand prix...
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