Sport Lewis Hamilton: Franz Tost, who is that please?

12:40  27 november  2020
12:40  27 november  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Lewis Hamilton . Franz Tost has just got off the phone to a friend who is a doctor. It’s one of many calls he’s made over the last couple of months to those in the medical profession as he Tost with his two drivers Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly at the launch of the new Scuderia AlphaTauri car in February.

Lewis Hamilton . AlphaTauri Team Principal Franz Tost outlines the technical woes that have beset the team over the first three rounds of the 2020 season as they prepare for the British Grand Prix.

In der FIA-PK: Lewis Hamilton weiß offenbar nicht, wer Franz Tost ist © Motorsport Images In the FIA-PK: Lewis Hamilton obviously doesn't know who Franz Tost is

It was one of the funnier scenes in the FIA ​​press conference on Thursday before the Grand Prix of Bahrain ( Formula 1 2020 live in the ticker ! ): A journalist confronts Lewis Hamilton with the statement by Franz Tost that, in his opinion, Formula 1 drivers should not earn more than ten million US dollars per season because it is a privilege to be Grand Prix anyway -Be a pilot. How does he, the seven-time world champion and current top earner, feel about it?

"Who said that?" Asks Hamilton, obviously at a loss, first. "Franz Tost" is repeated again. A name with which the 35-year-old apparently doesn't know what to do: "Who is that?" Whereupon they explain to him that this is the team boss of AlphaTauri. "Oh", Hamilton just wonders.

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Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton MBE HonFREng (born 7 January 1985) is a British racing driver currently competing in Formula One for Mercedes, having previously driven for McLaren.

Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost is this week's guest on the official F 1 podcast, Beyond The Grid. Putting aside Frank Williams, who is no longer in the active role at Williams he once was, Franz Tost is the second longest-serving team boss in the F 1 pit lane, behind only Red Bull counterpart Christian Horner.

The matter is of course not about Franz Tost, but about the upper salary limit for drivers, which Formula 1 intends to introduce for cost reasons. From 2023, according to 's current planning (not yet finalized), each Formula 1 team may only spend a maximum of 30 million dollars on its two drivers.

Should a team nevertheless want to pay a higher fee in order to make a particularly attractive offer to a possible superstar, that would in principle still be possible. But every million that goes beyond the "salary cap" would then be deducted from the budget ceiling that has already been decided.

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton , who leads the 2016 Formula 1 drivers' championship, thinks there will be an extra edge next season because technical Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost is convinced that it is only a matter of time before 22-year-old Russian Daniil Kvyat returns to the form that saw

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For top earners like Hamilton, these are poor prospects - albeit at a high level. The seven-time world champion cares only marginally: "It looks like the salary limit should only come when I'm maybe no longer here," he waves.

He is more worried about the next generation of drivers: "I don't see why they should be restricted. If they bring value to this sport, which is known to be a billion-dollar business, then they should be rewarded for what they bring in . "

The drivers are "the stars of the sport", emphasizes Hamilton and adds: "They are the ones who are seen as the ones who give their brands a reputation, and that helps to make the sport better known and to new parts of the world inspire. "

Hamilton: "I'm not personally against it"

"I'm not personally against it. It's not my decision anyway," says the 35-year-old. Especially since it will probably no longer affect him anyway. The next contract he is about to sign could be his last as a Formula 1 driver. And even if that should go beyond the 2023 season: For legal reasons, a salary cap must not affect an existing contract.

In other sports such salary caps have long been the norm. But the comparison is flawed, says Hamilton: "The athletes there usually own all of their marketing rights themselves and can try to maximize them. But in our sport, the marketing rights to the drivers are largely controlled by others."

How much the Formula 1 drivers earn is normally treated confidentially. However, the industry manual 'BUSINESS / book GP' has just published a payroll that shows four out of 20 drivers earn more than $ 25 million. In addition to Hamilton (76), Sebastian Vettel (57), Daniel Ricciardo (32) and Max Verstappen (26).

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