Willi Weber wants to be Vettel’s manager
20 January, 2011
Jan.20 (GMM) F1′s most famous driver manager has admitted he would like to add new world champion Sebastian Vettel to his stable.
Although now only handling some of Michael Schumacher’s merchandising and sponsors, Willi Weber became famous for taking 20 per cent of the lucrative earnings throughout the seven time world champion’s meteoric first career.
Multi millionaire Weber, 68, now handles young German Nico Hulkenberg, but in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport he singled out Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel as the best current drivers in F1.
Asked if he would like to manage one of the trio, he answered: “Vettel, of course.”
German Vettel, who won the 2010 title at the age of just 23, has never employed a full-time manager, relying instead on a lawyer to review contracts and some help from his father Norbert.
But Weber insists: “Now he needs a manager more than ever, because he needs to sell his success.”
“It’s all about the money he can make outside of the cockpit now,” he added.
In a list of F1 drivers salaries published by Spain’s El Mundo newspaper Vettel’s 2010 earnings were very low at $2.6 million compared to the likes of Alonso ($40million) and Hamilton ($21-million) while the German’s team mate Mark Webber was on a $5.6 million package.