F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that the teams that finish last in the constructors championship will not be receiving any prize money this year. The top 10 teams usually receive a huge pot of money for their campaign over the course of the season. In recent years, though, this prize money has been extended to all the teams across the grid. Former FIA president Max Mosley introduced three teams in order to replace the departed Honda, Toyota, and BMW. Marussia, Caterham, and HRT were the teams introduced to compensate for the lack of the trio.
The future of Marussia is hanging by a thread, as the team has been left without the $ 10 million prize money as a result of finishing outside the top 10 in the 2012 season. This is a substantial lack of investment for the team, which has a total budget of around £ 30 million. The team is also yet to sign a new contract with Bernie Ecclestone. Ecclestone has said that the sport has been following a different procedure for the last three years, but normal service will be resumed from this season onwards. Hence, only the top 10 teams in the constructors championship will be looking forward to getting a $ 10 million prize money at the end of the season.
“They don’t have a commercial agreement because they are not in the top ten. We pay the top ten, that’s what we do. For three years we did something different because we had an agreement with Max but from now on we will pay the top ten and that is it. I’d rather have ten. I never wanted 12. It’s just that ten is easier to handle, for the promoters, for transport. We’d rather have ten – so long as we don’t lose Ferrari,” said Ecclestone.
Aston Martin Racing have announced that they will be partnering with Procter & Gamble at the Le Mans 24 Hours campaign and 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). This will see the team having brands such as Head & Shoulders and Gillette as part of its sponsors. The head of the partnerships at Aston Martin Racing has said that they are extremely delighted to welcome the likes of Gillette and Head & Shoulders to the sponsor team. Their iconic and premium status means that they will certainly fit in well with the partnership portfolio of the team.
As a result of this one-year contract, the team will be able to retain the former F1 driver Bruno Senna. The ALMS 12 Hours of Sebring, which will be the season opener, will see the cars under this branding for the first time. Aside from the cars, the Brazilian will also be having the logos as well. The marketing director at Gillette, Thiago Icassati has said that the company is extremely happy to retain the services of Bruno Senna. The relative of the famous F1 driver – Aryton Senna – has recalled that he has enjoyed a great partnership with Gillette over the last three years, and he is extremely happy to know that it is set to continue.
“We are happy to stick with Bruno for the third running year, now in another series. We believe in strengthening the brand through sport and doing so not only conquering the consumers, but also the fans. By increasing the knowledge of the brands it is possible to attract different opinion leaderships,” said the marketing director at Gillette. “I’m glad to count on sponsors such as Gillette and Head & Shoulders supporting my career and trusting in my potential. We have been together for nearly three years and during this time we have built a very close, almost family-like relationship,” said Bruno Senna.
The Brazilian driver Bruno Senna has decided to leave F1, and he will be driving for the Aston Martin Le Mans team in the current World Endurance Championship. The 29-year-old Brazilian had an F1 racing career that saw him drive for the likes of Williams, HRT, and Renault. Senna has revealed that his desire to win races has left him with no choice but to leave Formula One because he did not expect any opportunities to win races anymore with the backend teams in the sport. Senna will be racing alongside Frederic Makowiecki at Aston Martin this season, while the pair will be joined by Rob Bell for the Spa 6 Hours and the Le Mans racing series.
The team principal of Aston Martin Racing, John Gaw has said that they hope to win the championship this season. They are extremely pleased to welcome a professional driver like Senna to the line-up. Senna came into F1 a few seasons ago with the surname of one of the legendary F1 drivers, but he was unable to get a seat at a team that had a top notch car. As a result, he was left fighting at the backend of the grid.
“I want to move forward and get back to winning races. The opportunities weren’t there to do that in Formula 1,” said the 29-year-old after revealing his decision to quit F1. “Our aim is to win at Le Mans and in the WEC, and we are particularly pleased to welcome such a professional driver line-up to Aston Martin Racing in this centenary year,” said the team principal of Aston Martin Racing. The Brazilian will be driving the Aston Martin Vantage GTE in Portugal at the Algarve circuit for the first time since joining the team. He is hoping to put up a good performance.