SiLo wrote:I think Brawn offered Button more money than Mclaren too, which says something about how early the deal was done, or just how much he wanted a new challenge.
I know Red Bull work on huge bonuses, really a better way to pay the driver as they know they can get a cool £500K for winning a race or something, I would certainly take more risks!
The Button & Brewn/Mercedes thing was down to length of contract as Brawn/Mercedes were offering 2 years, Button wanted 3. Effectivly McLaren are giving Button £7million a year for 3 years with up to £3million bonus each year, a that is arround £30 million if he wins the WDC each year. He will earn more like £25million in reality. Brawn/Mercedes were offering £8million a year with £5 million bonus each year, whitch if potential was reached, is £28 million with a reality figure of 20million. Take the extra year out of McLaren or add in the extraa year with Mercedes, he could have earnt more by staying put. He didnt, he wanted a fresh challenge at the end of the day and has quite rightly chosen so far. But one wonders how the MGP W01 would have faired with the person it was designed for, one can wonder...
As for Red Bull and STR, they give their drivers the 30% retainer with 70% bonus, Webber gets arround £3million and Vettel gets arround £5million as a base pay with £300,000 and £500,000 for a win respectivly, with half of those figures for a podium and only £50,000 for points finishes. So Red Bull drivers will fight harder than any one else, hence why Webber has 4 wins and Vettel has 2 so far this season. As for STR, they operate on a simmilar system, Buemi and Alguersauri get arround £1.25million retainer with £125,000 for a single points finish and double that for a double points finish. That also explains Jamies more agressive driving stance.
Other discrepencys with that chart is that Petrov gets paid nothing as he paid Renault £8million for his seat. Senna also gets paid nothing as he paid £1million for his seat. De La Rosa paid £1million for his seat as well bue does get paid so is offset effectivly, and Kobiyashai altho gets paid as well, also brings £2.1million of sponsorship with him as well. Sutil brings £4million sponsorship from Medion with him as well, so is offset. So if you take the offsets into concideration, some drivers pay is far less than expected on that chart. And is you also bring into the picture personal sponsorships, like Schumacher and Navy Boot, that also should be taken into concideration. Id have to wait till Sports Pro magazine does its F1 2010 review to get the correct ball park figures, but the above chart is flawed.