Only top ten teams to receive prize money
29 April 2013 – Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that prize money will only be given to teams which finish as a top ten constructor in 2013, thus eradicating the £6.44 million sum that had been handed to those outside the group in the past three seasons.
Prior to the three new outfits joining the grid in 2010, a deal was reached between Formula 1 supremo Ecclestone and former FIA President Max Mosley which saw the aforementioned figure awarded to those failing to claim a top ten position in the Constructors' championship. However, with the latest Concorde Agreement expiring and HRT closing its doors at the end of last year, Ecclestone has explained to the Daily Telegraph that the 11th-place finisher will no longer receive additional funds.
Marussia currently occupies tenth position in the Constructors' standings, with Jules Bianchi's 13th place finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix holding Caterham at bay.