F1 » Massa: F1 pay drivers 'an absurd situation'

Felipe Massa hit outs at the role of pay drivers in F1

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February 01, 2012 11:50 AM

Well said Felipe. We need the 24 best drivers in the world to be racing in F1. Not the 24 richest men. They need to introduce a tough qualification process before a driver can get into F1 ... i.e. Needs to have won significant championships etc. This will ruin the sport if it is not sorted out.

Rob01 - Unregistered

February 01, 2012 12:32 PM

Its that way in nearly every major and minor racing series. He is now nervous that when Ferrari lets him go that he will need sponsor money to stay on the grid.

dino - Unregistered

February 01, 2012 1:01 PM

the back of the grid has always been filled by drivers who pay their way one way or another. You used to be able buy an f1 car, one bloke bought the company (Leslie Johnson/E.R.A.). Then you could lease one, now you have to bring money to a team. Some of these drivers have been pretty good, Fangio,s first F1 drives were in part paid for by the State (Argentina) Lauda secured his first season with family money and paid for his BRM ride also. Finally I'm sure that Massa had a budget when he started at Sauber (might be wrong about this) and no one then thought he'd get within a mile of a Ferrari seat let alone within yards of championship.


February 01, 2012 1:23 PM
Last Edited 346 days ago

I reckon that is a fair call by Massa.

F1 should be fostering young talent seeing it is
the most expensive sport in the world and not
bleeding youngsters of their money.

If the teams can not raise sufficient sponsorship funds to support their activity why bother.

This is supposed to be a evolving sport and accepting money from a driver is not evolving.

Webber and Horner are doing the right thing in GP3 with MW Motorsport with funds from their own pocket and sponsorship

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