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AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost declared he “laughed” when he heard Lewis Hamilton had to ask who he was. The episode happened at the press conference before the Bahrain Grand Prix in November.
It came in response to a question Hamilton was asked about plans for a driver salary cap. Tom Clarkson read out a question that referred to Tost having said “drivers shouldn’t earn more than 10 million a year and should be happy to drive these cars”, with Hamilton then asked his opinion of the salary cap.
The 65-year-old Austrian said he does not “care” about failing to ring a bell with the biggest name of the current F1 era.
“I laughed,” said Tost during an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport when asked for his reaction. “I don’t care if Lewis knows me or not. I am interested that there is now a commission that discusses the salary cap of drivers.”