Not surprisingly Ralf Schumacher is rumoured to have offered to take a $17 MILLION pay cut to stay employed with Toyota next season. You may recall that Ralfanso earlier claimed he was the third best driver on the grid. To which Peter Windsor retorted. “Cynics in the pit lane suggest he’s the third best driver in his family!” Yet don’t be too worried about the salary reduction as Ralfanso would still receive $5m next season.
Peter Windsor noted that in the paddock on the “QT” (Quiet) were rumours that BMW Sauber was potentially trying to shop Sebastian Vettel around. With Windsor thinking it meant that Vettel may be falling out of favour, with second test driver Timo Glock gaining… I’d tend to side with Steve Matchett in the respect that BMW wants to get the young German some race seat time. Also recall that Vettel is still contracted to Red Bull. So does this mean that “Quick Nick” will retain his seat for 2008?
Not surprisingly is the story that young Jaguar Hamilton has demanded a pay rise from McLaren upon leading the World Championship standings at the midway portion of the season. Lewis is currently making $300,000 with points scored pay incentive, while his father has asked the “Ronster” to increase his pay packet tenfold!
And lastly, this doesn’t make “Juan” iota ‘O sense to me… As Red Bull Racing has just re-signed the elder statesman, err senior Scotsman David Coulthard to a one year contract extension. And it seems improbable that RBR will dismiss Mark Webber next year. So this would imply that most likely both current Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers are out of the frame for 2008