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RISKING THEIR LIVES FOR NO PAY: Force India's Nico Hulkenberg (above) and Paul di Resta are far from F1's lowest earners though if rumours are true the pair could have competed in 11 races for free!

Force India duo Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta may have gone without pay as the 2012 Formula 1 season passes the halfway mark.

Sportwoche reports that the drivers were the latest victims of team owner Vijay Mallya's struggling Indian airline Kingfisher.

As the 2011 season kicked off, Hulkenberg said the airline's high profile financial problems have "nothing to do with us".

RACING FOR FREE

Hulkenberg insisted: "This is formula one, not an airline."

Business Book GP 2012 estimates Hulkenberg and his team mate di Resta's salaries this year at the equivalent of R5-million and R2.1-million respectively.

Sportwoche cited more than one F1 source suggesting that the duo had not been paid in 2012.

The magazine said only the payments from title partner Sahara were keeping the team afloat.

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2012 Formula 1 drivers' salaries (rand equivalents)

1 Fernando Alonso R316-million (Ferrari)
2 Lewis Hamilton R168-million (Mclaren)
3 Jenson Button R168-million (Mclaren)
4 Sebastian Vettel R105-million (Red Bull)
5 Mark Webber R105-million (Red Bull)
6 Felipe Massa R105-million (Ferrari)
7 Nico Rosberg R105-million (Mercedes)
8 Michael Schumacher R84-million (Mercedes)
9 Kimi Raikkonen R52-million (Lotus)
10 Heikki Kovalainen R42-million (Caterham)
11 Timo Glock R31-million (Marussia)
12 Kamui Kobayashi R10-million (Sauber)
13 Romain Grosjean R10-million (Lotus)
14 Nico Hulkenberg R5-million (Force India)
15 Sergio Perez R5-million (Sauber)
16 Vitaly Petrov R5-million (Caterham)
17 Pedro de la Rosa R5-million (HRT)
18 Jean-Eric Vergne R4-million (Toro Rosso)
19 Daniel Ricciardo R4-million (Toro Rosso)
20 Pastor Maldonado R4-million (Williams)
21 Bruno Senna R2.6-million (Williams)
22 Nairan Karthikeyan R2.6-million (HRT)
23 Paul di Resta R2.1-million (Force India)
24 Charles Pic R 1.5-million (Marussia)

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