>> > The following list is in million DM. Current exchange rate is 1.8
>> > for the Dollar, 2.85 for the Pound Sterling.
>> > Michael Schumacher 100 (75 salary, 15 pers. sponsors, 10
>> > Jacques Villeneuve 22 (16 s ,6 ps)
>> > Mika Hakkinen 15 (10,5)
>> > Damon Hill 14 (8,6)
>> > Alex Zanardi 13 (10,3)
>> I do think Schumacher is overpaid. He did not return a championship
>> that money and Hakkinen did,
>Championships aren't important. They might be influential to his
>PR value, but IMHO they don't say much about a driver's talent
>(yes, I know. It isn't a popular opinion).
Wouldn't you think that winning a championship at this time is *very*
important for Ferrari? . They haven't had one in 19 years and are
about to lose their title as F1's most successful team to McLaren.
They hired a driver who guaranteed them a WC, that's what they
expected to get from MS and that's why they're paying him all this
>Here's why I think MS is worth the money.
>Both Ferrari and McLaren operate in the 300M DM area each year.
>Their cars and engines are highly developed wonders of
>engineering workmanship. In fact they are so highly developed
>that to gain just a fraction of a second would require to
>research some *** alloys, or to do some real fancy
>aerodynamics tricks. It's incredibly expensive for them to
>further improve just a tiny little bit.
>In comes Michael Schumacher. Just by miracle, my cars is .3 to
>.5s faster, and as a bonus, my main rivals cars gets slower
>by the same margin. The competition has to make up .6 up to a
>second, and they've only got 75M DM to do so.
Aw give it a break will ya! Schumacher is .3 to .5 faster than the
drivers who had the dubious privilege of driving with him in cars that
were tailored to MS's specifications and style, for teams who
concentrated their efforts on getting one driver, Michael Schumacher,
the top step on the podium. Yes Schumacher is faster on wet tracks.
That's about it. Hill (Hill, BTW, has as many pole positions as Schumi
has, in less GPs), Villeneuve and Hakkinen have proven just as fast as
Schumacher in most situations and faster on certain types of tracks.
Heck, I'm sure you give Michael's car to Alexander Wurtz and he'll
give him a run for his money... How much is Wurtz earning? I'm still
looking for the extra "DM" McLaren had to spend to stay ahead of
Schumacher last year. What I see is a load of Liras spent by Ferrari
to catch up. What I see is a load of Liras spent by Ferrari to have
people believe MS deserves all the money he's been earning with
Ferrari since he drives for them.
>For these two top teams, it's IMHO it's simpler and cheaper to
>get MS (the same logic doesn't apply for the other teams).
Which teams are you talking about? Ferrari and McLaren? What about
Williams who won 2 of the last 3 titles *without* Schumacher? Anyway,
hiring Schumacher isn't simple and certainly not cheaper (if your
objective is the WC).
>Jean Todt and Luca di Montezemolo seem to think likewise.
And Enzo must be spinning in his grave!
>> Hill has pushed Jordan to where they are now
>> and is worth his money.
>Hill most certainly is worth his money, no doubt.
>But allow me the question. Were Gary Anderson, Mike Gascoyne,
>the Goodyear and the Mugen Honda staff and Ralfie just cheerleaders
>in a one man show?
And were Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, the Goodyear and the rest of the
Ferrari staff also just cheerleaders
in Michael's show?
>> > Zanardi's salary might seem a bit high, but he turned down a 12M
>> > CART offer in favor of Williams' 6M $.
How can any driver's salary seem high compared to Schumacher's?
>> > I wonder, is he an "adverti***t star" in the US, or elsewhere?
He featured in many commercials for Target and other, more
"automotive" related ads in the U.S. and Canada.
>> He is two times CART champion.
>Of course, but I was wondering if he has an "image" that can
>easily be marketed. Does he show up in ads often?
>I have a hard time imagining why personal sponsors pay him 3M DM.
>His American sponsors loose their market when entering the
>European oriented F1 circus, and IMHO so far he isn't appealing
>enough to potential European sponsors. This will change, but so
>far not many people know him over here.
Yep, this will change.
>> > Alesi, Frentzen and the Benetton drivers (how much do they get?)
>> > seem like a bargain.
>> Sauber don't have a budget to pay Alesi such a salary as The
>But other teams have the money. Why shouldn't Ferrari or McLaren
>get Jean to push their #1s. I bet he'd do a fine job...
Well, let's say they kept Jean instead of hiring MS and still put in
all the money they sank in the team since he joined, plus the
difference between Jean and Michael's salary yearly and say they had
given equal opportunity to Eddie Irvine to show his talent, then who
knows? Hmm? IMHO they would've won the title in '97 instead of
>> The Benneton drivers are still young and in daily life you earn
>> you're more expierenced and older than when you were younger.
>Dunno. You earn as much as you are "worth".
>IMHO talent is far more important than experience for
>a F1 driver.
Experience won't buy talent but talented drivers get better with
experience. Well, most drivers... some have been known to lose it with