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F1 drivers’ salaries should remain exempt from budget cap – Alonso

Formula 1 drivers’ salaries remain exempt from the cap which was introduced on teams’ budgets last season, as does the pay of some other top team members. Alonsoo, one of F1’s highest-earners, said the growing demand on drivers’ time justifies keeping their salaries unrestricted.

“I don’t think it’s needed,” he said. “Drivers have been always outside this topic and I think the drivers, they are using us more and more to promote Formula 1.”

Alonso’s first season in Formula 1 was in 2001, when the calendar consisted of 17 races. This year 23 were planned. Alonso said the series is putting greater and greater demands on drivers’ time for publicity purposes.

“We do more and more events,” he said. “We are more in contact with the fans, the paddock. They are asking more and more from us and they are benefiting from that. So we should be outside of that cap.”

Formula E drivers lost three litres in dehydration over Jakarta Eprix

The first Jakarta Eprix, which took place last Saturday, took an exceptionally heavy toll on the competitors. Air temperatures in the Indonesian capital were over 32C, with track temperatures well in excess of 50C and full sunlight, along with tropical humidity.

Venturi confirmed to RaceFans that Lucas di Grassi lost 3kg of weight over the course of the 48-minute race, comparable to what Formula 1 drivers lose during Singapore Grand Prix, which is held in comparable conditions and lasts almost twice as long.

Formula E cars generate much lower g-forces than Formula 1 machines do, but they are significantly heavier and have no power steering. While an F1 car becomes significantly lighter over the course of a race as its fuel load decreases, the same is not true of an FE car.

Schumacher expects more passing in Bakue despite weaker DRS effect

George Russell, Sergio Perez, Circuit de Catalunya, 2022 The DRS effect is less powerful in F1 this year The reduced power of DRS due to Formula 1’s 2022 regulations should not lead to less overtaking during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Mick Schumacher believes.

“I would imagine to see more action and overtaking,” the Haas driver said. “We know that DRS this year isn’t as powerful as it used to be but I’m sure with the cars being able to follow closer, we’ll be able to arrive or stay closer to the car ahead in the last part of the race track and then maybe we won’t need that high DRS power anymore to get by into [turn one].”

Schumacher is looking for his first career points finish this weekend. “It was one of our highest finishes last season, so I hope with a more competitive car we’re able to be higher up as well and have a good race,” he added.

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