Force India’s drivers may have gone without pay so far in 2012, according to rumours.Paul di Resta, Sahara Force India F1 Paul di Resta, Sahara Force India F1. Austria’s Sportwoche reports speculation that Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta are the latest victims of team owner Vijay Mallya’s struggling Indian airline Kingfisher.
As the 2011 season kicked off, German Hulkenberg said the airline’s high profile financial problems have “nothing to do with us”.
“This is formula one, not an airline,” he insisted. Business Book GP 2012 estimates Hulkenberg and his 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.
Sauber’s 80 points so far in 2012 belies the true strength of the Swiss-made C31. In fact, Red Bull manager Dr Helmut Marko claims the single seater steered by Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi this year is “perhaps the best car in the field”.
However, the Ferrari-powered car has been on the podium just twice in 2012 so far, which has attracted criticism of the young driver duo. McLaren’s Jenson Button said: “It’s not Perez who is the ‘tyre whisperer’, it’s the car.
“If I was to drive my car as he drives his, then our tyres would wear out very quickly.” Peter Sauber recently described Sauber’s 2012 season so far as a “roller coaster ride”, although he did not specifically criticise Perez or Kobayashi. He told Blick: “We have a very fast car that works very well on almost every circuit. We have the speed to win. “We could have scored a lot more points.” With nine races to go, Hinwil based Sauber is ranked sixth of the 12 teams in the constructors’ championship.
Lewis Hamilton says he is enjoying a more successful season in 2012 than last season because he doesn’t have “any baggage”.
2011 was an inconsistent season as off-track issues began to affect Hamilton’s on-track performance. This year, however, Hamilton has delivered on a regular basis even though the car has not been competitive at times, and he said that he’s learnt from last season in order to avoid a repeat of his problems.
“Every year you finish the season and you try to analyse what you’ve been through and what you’ve done, and try to take away the positives from what you’ve done,” Hamilton is quoted by Autosport. “Then you try to channel those and then improve on the things that you didn’t do so well.”
Hamilton also revealed that a change of professional approach with his McLaren team had helped his performances.
“I’ve always said it’s a combination not just of things you do at the track, but it’s your personal life out there, time at home, time with friends, those sort of things. I’ve strengthened bridges and relationships with people, not only in my personal life but also in my team. I’ve been working with the engineers better this year and all of that stuff has just helped.
“I don’t have any particular problems going on in my life, or any baggage – and last year I had a big, big sack. Fortunately I’ve dumped that in the dumpster and it’s all good now.”
Source: ESPN F1