Bernie calls for driver payment per point

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone wants teams to operate a performance-related pay scheme to encourage drivers to fight harder on the track

Bernie calls for driver payment per point

Ecclestone wants teams to switch from the customary salary system, by which stars like Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve receive about £20m and £10m per year respectively, to a bonus scheme.

"The drivers should be capable of motivating themselves but that doesn't always happen," said Ecclestone. "Perhaps we should be talking about drivers getting paid by results. It is impossible to force the teams to do it - but we should think about paying the drivers when they get points and not just hand out big salaries. Maybe instead of paying Schumacher £20m or more, they should pay him £6m whenever he wins."

Ecclestone says that his system worked with triple world champion Nelson Piquet when he was in charge of the Brabham F1 team.

"When I had Nelson Piquet in my team at Brabham, I told him he would get paid when he got points," he said. "It must have worked, because he didn't do too badly."

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