Even though Mercedes AMG Petronas bested Scuderia Ferrari in both the constructors and driver’s championships, the Italian outfit was paid $21 million more than their German rivals for their F1 accomplishments in 2015, according to Sky Sports.
Ferrari received $192 million for racing in 2015, while Mercedes received $171 million. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said this is justified as Ferrari has been racing in Formula 1 the longest and is integral to the sport, whereas Mercedes and many other teams are comparatively recent additions to the series.
“As far as we’ve concerned, this year we will pay the teams collectively close on a billion dollars,” Ecclestone said. “So it really wouldn’t make any difference to us who gets that money. No difference at all.”
“If it’s shared equally it’s alright. If it’s shared in a way like Ferrari benefit a bit because they’ve been racing a lot longer than anybody else. And in the end, Ferrari is Formula 1, so they should be [paid more].
Ecclestone compared F1 to a music venue and Ferrari to a band to put their decision in perspective, saying a promoter would pay good money to have the best musical talent, so F1 will do the same to have the best team.
“If we were pop people I’d want to have The Rolling Stones because they’re the number one,” he said.