Hamilton and Alonso are best-paid sportsmen

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In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are the biggest earners in their home countries.

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Hamilton is England’s highest sports earner (ESPN)

“The 2008 world champion earned $18,473,684 [??11.1m] last year, as drivers made numerous appearances on the list for their respective countries.”

Williams sign ‘Spygate’ engineer Mike Coughlan as infighting escalates (The Guardian)

“In a conference call Parr told reporters: ‘Patrick has made it clear that he will be retiring this year. That’s nothing to do with the restructuring, it’s just the fact that he’s turning 65 and had already signalled that it’s time for him to move on to his next set of interests in life.’ But Head has since denied Parr’s claims, saying: ‘What you are telling me is news to me. I wasn’t aware that Adam had said that.’”

Formula One Grand Prix in Manama still on (Gulf News)

“Nada Ahmed Yaseen, acting assistant undersecretary for tourism of Bahrain, said: ‘It’s not cancelled, it’s only postponed. We will hear good news soon.’”

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Circuit of the Americas name an invitation to many nations, official says (Austin-American Statesman)

“We wanted a very international flavour to the brand and wanted it to feel like it?s an open invitation to Mexico, to Central and South America, and even Canada. The idea is to make it feel like it?s really everyone?s.”

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James despairs for the future of Williams:

I think Williams’ days are numbered. For me, putting the team on the stock market was a desperate move to generate funding. They?re using a pay driver who isn’t particularly rated by many and a driver who is certainly close to the end of his career.

The age of the privateer is over. Tyrrell, Lotus (under Colin Chapman), Arrows and Jordan are prime examples. Peter Sauber has made it quite clear he would like to leave F1 soon and is trying to secure the future of the team. It?s a shame, but it?s how the sport is evolving.

Today, even with the Resource Restriction Agreement, it?s all about the money ?ǣ or lack of in some cases.
James

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78 comments on Hamilton and Alonso are best-paid sportsmen

  1. Hamish said on 4th May 2011, 0:07

    Cut your losses with Bahrain this year. Only negative can come from it.

  2. RIISE (@riise) said on 4th May 2011, 0:13

    I quite like TIff’s helmet.

    Hamilton highest paid huh? What about David Beckham? Besides $18 Million isn’t that much compared ($18 Million not a lot..=P) to other years. I remember David Beckham earning $42 million in which Lewis earned $32 Million also.

  3. Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 4th May 2011, 0:31

    According to the guy quoted in that Gulf News article, life in Bahrain has returned to normal, and tourists are steadily returning. Maybe I’m just a big cynic but I can’t help but feel a teensy bit sceptical about that.

    I wish the regime would realise we’re not all idiots who are going to fall for every bit of crap they come out with. They could at least try and give their propaganda a modicum of plausiblity.

    • James said on 4th May 2011, 0:34

      I thought the same. Remember the Iraqi Information Minister at the start of the Iraq invasion, 2003? Has that sort of feel to it…

    • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 4th May 2011, 1:41

      Apparently it’s mostly the Saudi’s going back.

      Their press is probably not as overly negative about the situation as the UK press seems to be.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 4th May 2011, 7:22

        Well, they will feel at home, greeting all their own troops there!

      • topdowntoedown (@topdowntoedown) said on 4th May 2011, 10:41

        For various reasons I find increasing Saudi influence in Bahrain more worrying than anything else…

      • James said on 4th May 2011, 11:28

        Disagree. The Bahrain Press will want the world to believe that it’s getting back to normal there, because it’s destroying the country’s tourism industry and economy.

        I think Government has an influence in the media in Bahrain, so they’ll love to tell the world that everything is fine, when they’re in fact looking through rose tinted spectacles.

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 4th May 2011, 12:17

          I would say the Bahrain government does not have “an influence” in local media. After more or less taking over control of the only independant news paper they are fully in control now.

          But actually what Patrickl writes shows it is not about being normal at all. The Saudi’s would be the first to support the government after first sending their troups to help, wouldn’t they?

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 4th May 2011, 14:42

      If that was true they wouldn’t have needed an extra month.

  4. Calum said on 4th May 2011, 0:36

    The manufacturers have left, BMW, Honda, Toyota and Renault, and COTD suggests privateer teams are finished: will we actually have an F1 in place for future seasons if Williams, Sauber and Mallya pack it in, and Mercedes decide to leave following the footsteps of the last generation of manufacturers!

    • James said on 4th May 2011, 0:44

      Manufacturers want to scale back and become profitable. That’s why the likes of Porsche and Honda have had half an eye on the 2013 regulations, to see if they can a) Profit from them and b) Make them releveant to their road cars.

      I dont think we’ll see manufacturers as we have before, but we’ll see wealthy business people with their airlines, oil companies and fizzy drinks brands dictating, throwing the sort of money that manfacturers once did.

      That’s not to say that privateers wont make a come back, I reckon that Mclaren might give it a shot in the future if they can get the road business rolling.

  5. wasiF1 said on 4th May 2011, 1:25

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO Jack Sargeant.He is the one & only person so far in my life who gave me the opportunity to write on blog.Thanks.

  6. Oliver said on 4th May 2011, 1:34

    Interestingly, Kimi even earns more to keep his feet up.

  7. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 4th May 2011, 4:01

    an open invitation to Mexico, to Central and South America, and even Canada.

    We have our own racetracks, thank you very much!!! Just because it’s called “Circuit of the Americas” doesn’t mean it’s “more than a US grand prix”.

    I hate that circuit already.

    “Part of what we like is that the name feels classic and long-term,”

    It doesn’t, it just feels horrid.

    • Maciek said on 4th May 2011, 8:18

      My first reaction to the name when it was announced was that they were aiming at the Latin American market, and I think it’s a very smart move. Unfortunately, Americans are by now in the no-win situation where anything they say can be interpreted as arrogance. I think their name and approach is just a sign that the organizers know that they need more than just a United States audience to succeed.

  8. BasCB (@bascb) said on 4th May 2011, 7:18

    A very telling sentiment from that article about Williams:

    A Williams insider said today: “There are a few things wrong at Williams at the moment and Sam and Jon are little more than scapegoats. Sam is a good man who was overworked, though he probably should have appointed better people around him.”

    Also interesting to hear Head being not amused to learn Parr spoke about him retiring this year, as he had wanted to keep that out of the news for now. Possibly Parr had to say this to avoid claims of keeping informatino from the share holders?

    Looks like Williams management is not really operating all that well currently.

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 4th May 2011, 7:49

      To be honest I’m a bit confused by the whole thng. First there was talk of immediate and drastic measures. In reality they’ve changed nothing in the short term, except that their technical people who are trying to improve the car ar all people that will be leaving the team at year’s end, Head included. I’m not sure how demotivating the technical staff is intended to be an improvement. Who knows though, maybe it’ll be magical and they’ll be right up at the front of the grid next year. Doubt it though.

      • When else can they make the change? Now is the best time so that it’ll already be the new team designing the 2012 car – that starts around June, when Coughlan comes in. Sam and Jon will need to continue doing well until they’ve found new jobs, because they need to somehow impress rival bosses.

  9. Maciek said on 4th May 2011, 8:53

    “Commenting on… ‘bias’ and ‘arrogance’. Your thoughts much appreciated on this one: http://tinyurl.com/6ja89br”

    I thought your response was appropriate. It’s not as if you’re running a customer-based service and need to pander to idiots. The accusation of bias was just pulled out of thin air and then stated in the kind of confrontational manner that makes internet exchanges so much less pleasant than they could be. Taking out someone for their spelling in a normal exchange is inconsiderate. Taking out someone for their inability or unwillingness write properly when they’re being arrogant and insulting is only the tip of the iceberg of what could be said.

    • Rob said on 4th May 2011, 9:57

      Totally agree – too many people think that someone is being ‘biased’ when they really mean that someone is ‘saying something I don’t agree with’

    • Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 4th May 2011, 12:11

      Clearly, that was a really ridiculous accusation that guy made, and I can see why Keith was so annoyed, but I think Oliver has a point.

      The ‘can’t spell’ bit was unnecessary- for all we know he could be 7 years old, or dyslexic, or Japanese, or what have you. Also, loads of us are hiding behind a fake name. I myself am both hiding behind a fake name and unable to spell!

      The rest of it I think was fair enough. But, I say in future let it go over your head and leave such petty squabbles to us readers!

  10. Petebaldwin said on 4th May 2011, 8:56

    “We wanted a very international flavour to the brand and wanted it to feel like it’s an open invitation to Mexico, to Central and South America, and even Canada. The idea is to make it feel like it’s really everyone’s.”

    haha. What!? “Everyone’s welcome. We’ll even let Canadians in! Just for the F1 though…..”

  11. sato113 (@sato113) said on 4th May 2011, 8:59

    Hamilton and Alonso are the best, paid sportsmen

    lol

  12. WarfieldF1 said on 4th May 2011, 11:10

    what initially looked like Williams grabbing the bul by the horns and making much overdue changes; has quickly started to look like a team in meltdown ;-(

  13. James said on 4th May 2011, 11:29

    Just read that ESPN article. Kimi is one smart man! Still on $25,000,000 even after his Ferrari contract has finished. I would give anything to trade wealth and jobs with him about now!

  14. choiMatthew (@choimatthew) said on 4th May 2011, 13:57

    does Mclaren count as a privateer team?

  15. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 4th May 2011, 14:43

    About the “bias” issue, Keith should strip out all the points of this “Senor Smoke” from the F1 Predictions Championship, and ban his blog comments for two years, till MrSmoke feels he can return, probably commenting on another blog, and then WE all trueF1 fanatics would start pointing our fingers at him. Then this guy would (for sure) say we are all biased.

    PS: Sorry if I mispelled a word (:P)

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