Ecclestone proposes 'TV tax'

In a bid to help teams with less money, Bernie Ecclestone is going to propose a 'TV tax' on the bigger teams that get more television exposure. Back-of-grid teams don't usually get as much on screen time as the front runners, as directors tend to...

In a bid to help teams with less money, Bernie Ecclestone is going to propose a 'TV tax' on the bigger teams that get more television exposure. Back-of-grid teams don't usually get as much on screen time as the front runners, as directors tend to focus on what's happening amongst the big name teams.

"If we want to keep a high level of technology, we must find a means to keep the less competitive teams alive," Ecclestone told Le Journal du Dimanche. "And the ones who win races are the ones who make the most money, who get most of the television coverage and attract sponsors more easily."

"I'm going to propose that a 'TV tax' be paid by the teams getting the most television play. The sums would be handed back to the less competitive, underexposed teams."

Earlier this year, Ecclestone and team bosses agreed to set up a cash fund worth around £20million to assist smaller teams. However, it seems the idea has not been successfully put into practice. Minardi boss Paul Stoddart recently claimed that 'no help had been forthcoming'.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Paul Stoddart , Bernie Ecclestone
Teams Minardi