The Final Attack
It’s the final race and I have good feelings like always when the
season ends and the vacation begins. Dubai’s neighbour has done a good job here and when everything is as ready as ready can be this is going
to be a cool place to end the season in the future too.
I’ll attack in this race with the same mentality as always. The
point of departure is that I’ll get yet one good result just like it’s
always excpected from a professional.
I dig the new tracks and places even though they aren’t like Spa or
Monaco. I’ve never had any difficulties learning a new track fast and
it will happen now too as soon as I get my hands on the job.
We haven’t done anything with the car since Hungary. But it has fit
well on many tracks. In Brazil we were in a good speed and could have
made more difference to McLaren without the difficulties.
I doubt our car will be as strong in Abu Dhabi but I’ll put
everything in the game so that we could still squeeze past McLaren.
It’s going to be a tough battle when everybody else are so close to
Then we’ll see what kind of traction we will get on a new asphalt in the final games.
After the race I will go quickly home. I will leave behind me many
good friends at Ferrari and we have had a cool three years together.
Let’s now first drive through this weekend and say arrivederci after
that. After that I have to tune and decide what I’ll do next year.
A new survey of F1 salaries is topped by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who has collected a $45m pay cheque this year.
The survey was compiled by F1 expert Tom Rubython, author of the Ayrton Senna biography The Life of Senna.
said: “There may be a global recession going on but being an F1 driver
means you earned a fortune last year. These figures are just basic
salaries, and don’t include sponsorship and other income, which can
often be three times that amount.”
In total, the 20 drivers who
will race this weekend have earned $126.8m – although if Ferrari’s
Felipe Massa is included (currently out injured), it brings the average
F1 salary for 2009 to $6.4m.
Despite the high salaries for the
star drivers, three of the top names are on no salary due to “rent a
drive” contracts – Kazuki Nakajima, Romain Grossjean and Vitantonio
DRIVER SALARIES FOR 2009
1. Kimi Raikkonen $45m
2. Lewis Hamilton $18m
3. Fernando Alonso $15m
4. Nico Rosberg $8.5m
5. Jarno Trulli $6.5m
6. Sebastian Vettell $6m
7. Mark Webber $5.5m
8. Jenson Button $5m
9. Robert Kubica $4.5m
10. Heiki Kovaleinen $3.5m
11. Nick Heidfeld $2.8m
12. Timo Glock $2m
13. Giancarlo Fisichella $1.5m
14. Sebastien Buemi $1.5m
15. Rubens Barrichello $1m
16. Jaime Alguersuari $0.5m
17. Vitantonio Liuzzi $NIL
18. Adrian Sutil [Rent a driver]
19. Romain Grossjean $NIL
20. Kazuki Nakajima $NIL
* Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who is not racing due to injury, earned $8m in 2009.