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F1 midfield teams scrap for $9 million

Sixth in F1 is not a sexy battle, but for Force India, Sauber and Toro Rosso, all separated by less than 20 points, the ultimate prize is nearly $10 million according to the income distribution system of the Concorde Agreement. "We will move heaven and hell for this sixth place" said team boss Peter Sauber.

5 October 2011 - Source
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
$9 million, wow, big bucks indeed.
SebB   Sebastien Buemi
It is a big sum of money for a struggling team like ourselves Michael.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Money isn't your problem Buemi, more like a lack of talent. That money is probably of more use to the other two outfits.
diResta   Paul di Resta
A true champion like myself seeks to eke out every advantage Michael, and that $9 million could help me to show more of my outstanding talent next year.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Hmmm, $9 million. On reflection, I think I would indeed be willing to donate one month's earnings to Force India if it meant you stayed home for the rest of the year Di Resta.
diResta   Paul di Resta
Well Michael, given the stark inevitability of me breaking all of your current racing records, I also expect to break the wage structure in F1. I would expect $9 million per race to be commensurate to my superstardom in 3 to 4 years time.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Good luck with that Di Resta, although you know the saying, what goes before a fall?
diResta   Paul di Resta
That would be pride Michael.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Nope, it would be me clattering you across the back of the head with my wallet.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
Strong words from Sauber there, I think there might be an easier way to do it than realigning religious concepts.
PSauber   Peter Sauber
I repeat my battle cry in that article, Sauber WILL move heaven and hell for that sixth place. Kamui, Sergio, make it so.
Perez   Sergio Perez
Huh..hell...Sergio scared.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
Well Sergio, he was using a metaphor with heaven and hell, although he could have added that the passage into death is like negotiating a chicane between the two.
PSauber   Peter Sauber
For god's sake Fernando. Sergio, there is no chicane in the afterlife, we call it The Esses.
Perez   Sergio Perez
Chicane bad...Sergio scared.
Kobayashi   Kamui Kobayashi
Be calm Perezsan, listen to the great one. First we must strive to win this mystical sixth place for him. Then we will destroy those who blocked the path of our spirits with their negative energy.
lee   Lee McKenzie
I could make the battle for sixth in the championship more sexy if the BBC producers would only show more of me interviewing those teams' drivers.
ej   Eddie Jordan
Jake, I have to make a point here if I may. F1 is a true battle for survival for these guys, and to trivialise it by trying to make it sexy, as it were, is an insult to the honest mechanics of these small teams. Back in the Jordan days we were rivaled only by McLaren as being the most serious and least sexy team in the paddock. For the fan's sake let's hope that Vettel retires from every remaining race and Button wins the championship like he deserves. To finish my point, we absolutely need to make F1 more sexy to attract new sponsors for the small teams, who it must be said rely on gimmicks to survive in what it must be said is a tough environment.
JakeHumphrey   Jake Humphrey
Colourful and concise as always Eddie, although Lee has raised an important question. Could the most attractive Scot on our BBC team help to make any of you care one iota about the battle for sixth in the constructors title. Tweet me guys.

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