Welcome to F1Minute for the 23rd December 2008.
With all the talk of cost-cutting that has taken place recently, the latest development is the idea of teams cutting their driver salaries. Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali said that he believed a revolution in driver wages would occur that would see smaller amounts offered to retain talent in the future. Now, Felipe Massa has said that the driver is fundamental to the team, and that costs can be cut elsewhere. He would say that, though, wouldn’t he? Also, Massa isn’t a fan of the standard engine, saying: "I do not find this idea interesting. The fight to diminish costs is important, but a standard engine gets away from what F1 is all about - and it cannot happen.”
Elsewhere today, Toro Rosso have confirmed they’ve signed up Gianfranco Fantuzzi as team manager. He was previously at Toyota and now replaces the Ferrari-bound Massimo Rivola.
That’s it for today, I’ll be back tomorrow with another F1Minute.
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