F1'S HIGHEST EARNERS: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is the 19th highest-earning sportsman in the world, valued at the equivalent of R392-million, according to Forbes.com. Image: AFP / Jean Christophe Magnenet
LONDON, England - F1 teams should have less money to "squander on absurd drivers' salaries".
That's the view expressed by ex-International Automobile Federation president Max Mosley in an interview with men's magazine GQ not long after Lewis Hamilton's lucrative new deal was signed.
Hamilton's Mercedes deal, it is believed, will bring him into line with the dozens of millions earned by champions such as Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.
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Mosley said: "It's absurd. If I were a dictator in the sport, each team would have the same money - spend more on the driver or less on the car or vice versa.
"All the driver worries about is what he earns."
The idea of a 'dictator' has been gaining pace in recent weeks, as Mosley's old sparring partner Bernie Ecclestone rues the modern predominance of 'democracy'.
The latest to support the idea is Force India supremo Vijay Mallya who has told F1's official website: "F1 is overly democratic. We (Force India) have our views and we clearly express them but we are steam-rollered by the big four (teams) and that is the rule-making process.
"In all other sports you have a promoter - which is FOM (Formula One Group) - and you have a regulator - which is the federation."Stay with Wheels24 for the 2015 Formula 1 series.