F1 » Klien laments European drivers' struggles to get into F1

Sometime Hispania Racing ace Christian Klien argues the financial climate and increasing globalisation of F1 is making it harder than ever for young European drivers to get a break at the highest level

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November 26, 2010 11:05 AM

So how many drivers are currently from Europe and how many are from the rest of the world? I think there's plenty of European drivers and the truth is that there should be more drivers from outside of the Euro zone. There's 6 or is it 7 Germans? That should be trimmed down for starters.
It's always been the case that there has been more European drivers than those from the rest of the world. The world is changing, get over it.....it's not going to stop

Green Monster

November 26, 2010 11:23 AM

Glock, Schumacher, Rosberg, Hulkenberg, Sutil, Vettel and Heidfeld. I wouldn't say European driver strugle as there are only 7 drivers from outside Europe, however young driver trying to get into the sport are limited. With likes of Schumacher, Barrichello, Trulli and even Webber taking up seats.
The sport needs more young drivers like Alguersuari and Buemi.

Dee - Unregistered

November 26, 2010 1:05 PM

Rubbish. It has more to do with how much money a driver can bring than their nationality, per se. It just happens that countries like Brazil and Germany have companies that are willing to pour money into drivers, hence the high number of drivers from those two countries.

Paul - Unregistered

November 26, 2010 3:10 PM

Must agree with Dee, its not the nationality, its talent. Problem is, none European countries are keen to be involved and are willing to throw vast sums of money into the pot to get "their" driver in F1. For me, the likes of Buemi, Petrov, Maldonado add absolutely nothing to the show. Folks need to stop getting hung up on age, and just pick the best bloo%y drivers!!! Its not difficult... good drivers = good results = good show = fan interest.. tell me Alain Prost in 1993 should move over and let the latest big name young gun Luca Badoer take his place...? I rest my case...

kranalif - Unregistered

November 26, 2010 6:19 PM

Paul: Maldonado has not even started and you are crossing him out already? Or you just hate the fact that a pay driver gets a seat? EVERY driver brings money one way or another, either from your pocket or just because you were born in a particular country. Alonso brought Santander Bank along with him, that makes him a pay driver anyways.


November 27, 2010 11:34 PM

Even FA has had some help in terms of sponsors. That Santander deal had to have helped pay for Kimi's exit this year, and is probably paying a nice chunk of FA's daily salary.

The truth is, corporations are trying to find cheaper ways to get their name out there. F1 has to start cutting costs. It's crazy how in the 90s Williams ran a top team on a budget of around 50M a season. Now that budget barely gets you on to the grid. IMHO, they just need to start banning exotic materials, and cut down on wind tunnel time. Does it really matter to the views if SV and FA are battling at 320KPH or at 270KPH? NO!! As long as they are battling is what the fans want to see.


November 28, 2010 8:50 AM

CK, are you friggin kidding. The minority of F1 drivers are non Euro, and either bring massive corporate support or have earn't their seat the hard way, that is, results in the lower tiers. Look at Ricciardo and the path Webber took to get to F1. Not pretty. Personally it's great to see drivers from all over the world. The more the better. F1 has always been Eurocentric and probably always will.

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