No pay drivers on the grid

For the first time in a long time, there are no pay drivers on the F1 grid German magazine Auto Motor und Sport has claimed.

It is thought that this season there are no drivers on the grid who have forgone team retainers and provided their teams with personal sponsorship funds. Kazuki Nakajima and Adrian Sutil are thought to be the lowest paid drivers on the F1 grid, each looking at a pay deal of around $1 million a season The biggest disparity between earnings at a team is probably at Renault with rookie driver Nelson Piquet rumoured to be earning around $1.5 million a season whilst his more experienced team-mate takes home around $28 million.