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Verstappen: Driver salary cap “completely wrong”

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 10: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing looks on in the Drivers Press Conference prior to practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 10, 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Max Verstappen admits that he does not support the idea of introducing the driver salary cap.

It has been revealed recently that F1 teams are discussing the driver salary cap. The topic became actively discussed in the paddock shortly after.

“It’s still all a bit vague as well, right? I think no one really knows where it’s going to go,” Verstappen commented on the matter.

“But from my side, it’s completely wrong, because I think at the moment, F1 is becoming more and more popular, and everyone is making more and more money, including the teams and FOM. Everyone is benefiting.

“So why would the drivers with their IP rights and everything be capped, [the people] who actually bring the show and put their lives at risk? Because we do, eventually. So for me, it’s completely wrong.

“In all the junior categories, if you see how many of those drivers have a sponsor, or a backer, who eventually will have a certain percentage of their income in potentially F1 or whatever, I think it’s going to limit that a lot, because they will never get their return on money.

“And if you get a cap it will hurt all the junior categories as well. And I don’t think you would want that.”

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