F1 » Trulli: F1 has 'taken an ugly turn', talent no longer counts

Team Lotus F1 veteran Jarno Trulli has launched an outspoken attack on the sport, claiming it has 'taken an ugly turn' of late in prioritising money over talent - sending it back 20 years...

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Dangerous Dave - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 8:40 PM

Its not just F1! This whole mentality permeates the sport from Cadet karting up to F1. There are possibly thousands of youngsters out there with more talent than some of these "Superstars" in all levels of Motorsport, but the size of the Old Mans chequebook is the governing factor. Level Playing Field! - don't make me laugh, if the kid aint good enough lets just buy our way up the ladder. Its been like this for a long time. Lets not fool ourselves this is a new phenomenon, its been like this for years. Deal with it!!

spaghettieddie - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 9:31 PM

I agree with Dangerous Dave, 75% of the field came from lots of sponsorship and dad's checkbook the rest from raw talent. Just because Trulli is facing the reality of what has happened to him, at this point in his life, does not warrant this talk. Racing, has and always will be, a dirty business. There is always someone with a "bit more" and all you have to do is follow the money to understand why. It is what it is! Deal with it!!!

spaghettieddie - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 9:49 PM

Thats a great question 50 and I honestly cannot. I can only hope that 25% are there on their merit. Maybe someone else with more knowledge can. I know that Lewis's family worked hard to get him to where he is and Webber worked his way up, Vettel got a shot and performed and they liked him so..... the rest I just do not know enough to answer but %'s seem to stay the same no matter what the sport and that % always seemed to work for whatever it was/is that I am involved in. Its business 50 and it might be even lower, maybe I was to generous?


January 11, 2011 10:19 PM

Kubica is in F1 on talent alone. No devoted father, he was living on his own from a very young age (16?). But no wealthy backing or big managers means he cant make a top team.

Hulkenberg is (was) another one.

Lulu had rich girlfriend, her father sponsored him before Ron took over.

MG - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 12:09 AM

I agreed with Trulli. Recently, it is hard see young or rookie driver who can drive for more than 1 season. After 1 season and if his performance is not good, he can say goodbye to his sit and watch another rookie with money coming in. They even did not have much time to develop they skill.. I bet if Jenson Button or Fernando Alonso debuted in this era, they might even did not have chance to become World Champion...

50 Cent - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 1:03 AM

Cobalt - Agreed. Kubica got there on talent but his father was really supportive. I'm guessing lala would be another one that had to have some talent without big paychecks but he got uncles Ron backing from the early age. Another one with lot's of talent but not sure about the sponsorship is Hulk. He just did not have enought luck like Vettel.

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