Alonso, Button, Rosberg to tackle Mount Panorama?

The Bathurst International in Australia could feature former World Champions Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg as they are expected to receive invitations to the event at the iconic Mount Panorama circuit.

Australian Racing Group launched the three-day contest on Tuesday and announced that the trio, along with another former F1 star in Rubens Barrichello, could take part in the S5000 single-seater race at the inaugural event.

The weekend of December 4-6, 2020 has been pencilled in to host the Bathurst International and it will have a standalone non-championship, two driver 500km TCR international race, while the S5000 single seater event is still subject confirmation from the FIA.

Should they get the green light then the likes of Alonso, Button, Rosberg and Barrichello could take part, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

“This event was presented as a true opportunity to bring a new international focus to Bathurst,” Matt Braid, Australian Racing Group director, said.

“Up to now, there has been limited opportunities for international drivers to compete at Australia’s best race track in cars they are used to racing in their home series.

“With the variety of categories on offer at the event, and a date that comes after most global series have concluded, it means the Bathurst International will see international drivers, teams and their cars compete head-to-head with Australia’s best drivers across multiple races over the event weekend.”

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Button book lifts lid on F1 bonuses and salaries

Does a driver get a bonus for winning the Drivers’ title? How big is the bonus for winning a race? These questions have often gone unanswered, but Jenson Button’s new book has given some detail about money matters in F1.

While Merc are set to get big bucks from the FIA for winning a sixth consecutive Constructors’ trophy, Button explained in his book “How To Be An F1 Driver: My Guide To Life In The Fast Lane” that Hamilton is not necessarily assured of getting a bonus for winning another Drivers’ title.

“Some drivers will earn a $1million (£773,000) bonus if they win a race. Just one race,” the 2009 World Champion wrote.

“The funny thing, though, is that you don’t normally get a bonus for winning a Drivers’ Championship.

“It’s the Constructors’ Championship that’s worth the big bucks because that’s when the team gets the large payout – €100m (£86.1m) or something – from the FIA, and you can buy a lot of team-branded polo shirts with that.”

Bonus or no bonus Hamilton is not only one of the best-paid Formula 1 drivers, but also one of the best-paid sportsmen as he reportedly earns about £40 million per year.

And while those figures are mind-boggling for most people, Button defended the high salaries of F1 drivers.

“It’s the same as in football, where players are paid more than the people who manage them, the inverse of just about every other situation in life,” Button added.

“Someone like Lewis is not only the highest paid person in the team, but also probably the highest paid person in the whole of Daimler AG, Mercedes’ parent company.

“Even the CEO isn’t going to be on the kind of money Lewis gets paid.

“Still, you have too remember the earning window is much smaller.

“For the first few years you have to prove yourself, after which you probably have 10 years of earning good money and you could maybe push it for a few after that.

“And then? Well you better find some other way of earning a crust.”

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