Force India’s drivers may have gone without pay so far in 2012, according to rumours.
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.