It is time for Lewis Hamilton to stand by his ‘Cash is King’ criticism of Liberty Media and take a “generous” pay cut.
That’s according to former F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg.
With the Formula 1 teams all facing huge financial strain, some drivers have taken pay cuts.
On the list of those confirmed to have take wage cuts are McLaren drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, Williams’ George Russell and Nicholas Latifi, Racing Point team-mates Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll and also Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo.
Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc and Hamilton were all rumoured to be in talks with their respective teams about reductions.
None of those has been confirmed but it should it be said that the teams also don’t need to publicly announce it.
Hulkenberg has urged Formula 1’s top earners to do their part, especially after Hamilton accused Liberty Media of prioritising “cash” by sending the F1 circus down to Melbourne for the Australian GP. The race was cancelled at the 11th hour after a McLaren team member tested positive.
Hulkenberg, though, concedes it is easy to speak about wage reductions when he is not the one being impacted.
“I am making it easy for myself with a comment, of course, because it does not concern me,” the former Renault driver told Auto Motor und Sport.
“But I do believe that drivers have to support their teams, especially in times when companies have to fight for their livelihoods.
“The football players have also waived part of their salaries.
“Not to set an example, that wouldn’t be fair to the people on the team who earn normally, have to pay off a house and have losses.
“Those who earn more and have more buffers should also be more generous.
“Now drivers are also obliged.
“Lewis can show how he is doing with his ‘Cash is King’.”