Max Verstappen has slammed suggestions that drivers could have their salaries capped.
With the teams midway through their second year of having to comply with a budget cap, some have speculated that the drivers' salaries could be capped in the near future.
However, the idea has already been met with disapproval as Verstappen stated in this morning's FIA press conference that the idea was a bad one, arguing that the drivers shouldn't have their earnings capped whilst the teams and the promoters rake in the profits.
"But from my side, it's completely wrong because I think at the moment F1 is becoming more and more popular and everyone is making more and more money, including the teams, F1 everyone is benefiting. So why should the drivers, with their IP rights and everything, be capped who actually bring the show and put their lives at risk? Because we do. So for me, it's completely wrong."
Verstappen wasn't the only one to scoff at the idea of the drivers having their salaries capped with Sebastian Vettel in agreement with Verstappen that the idea was a bad one. Vettel also believes that it is somewhat ironic that the teams want to cap drivers' salaries whilst they make a profit by racing in Formula 1.
The German also suggested that if there were a discussion as to how much the teams could earn in certain areas, the argument would quickly fizzle out.
"Obviously, we have a budget cap now, which pushes the model towards earnings for all the teams. I think maybe they should be capped in terms of having certain fixed earnings, and everything beyond that should go to a certain pool to do great things with it and have a positive impact. After this suggestion, I can imagine that the response will be that the topic will disappear."
"Isn't it a funny coincidence that it's the first time that teams can actually make money with racing in Formula One, and something like the salary cap for drivers pops up? Isn't it funny?"