F1 » Glock disappointed by F1's embrace of pay drivers

Ousted Marussia driver Timo Glock believes that it is a sad state of affairs that forces F1 to employ drivers on the basis of how much money they can bring.

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Bluemetal - Unregistered

January 30, 2013 9:45 AM

Old news disguised as new Crash.net?! Anyway he is right but wrong are those drivers and motorsports fans who see F1 as the best sport on earth long gone are those days. I would rather pay more attention to Grand-Am WTCC BTCC DTM WEC Aussie V8 Brazilian Stock Car and some many more out there. What we need is more coverage of those series as F1 is NOT what used to be i.e. the best drivers and machinery at the reach of most drivers.

Diarmuid - Unregistered

January 30, 2013 10:25 AM

F1 has gone down the swanny. As have most motorsports to be honest. Unfortunately technology has ruined car racing. They are too easy to drive now, the teams are dull PR machines as are the drivers. It's rubbish.

Downhill mountain biking is where its at, fast, dangerous, actual aerobic fitness needed unlike F1 and buckets of skill required to race down gnarly trails at ridiculous speeds. Not yet corrupted by the masses yet either. One of the few true sports out there.


January 30, 2013 12:58 PM

Any young driver knows the formula for success these days. You take PR classes and market your skills,find sponsors,find more sponsors. This has been going on for a long long time. Massa and Glock yelling about pay drivers is because they are getting long in the tooth and don't have these capabilities. It means its time to retire.


January 30, 2013 2:48 PM

I very much sympathize with Glock on this matter, but when you think about it pay drivers are not a result of the economy but rather the fact you have teams like Mclaren, Ferrari and Red Bull who command high R&D budgets which essentially price other teams out of competition, the end result is that other teams need to seek out pay drivers in an effort to provide a measure of equalibrium on the grid. Its for this reason why support the idea of a budget cap because it does to two things: 1) lower the threshold for teams with mid-to-lower budgets and 2)destroy the current pecking order and make the grid even more competitive.

Sadly though with the signals ferrari, mclaren and red bull have been sending in regards to a buget cap its obvious that this would never come to fruitation and simpily because these teams clearly like beating up on the little guys.

For the record, this isn't a problem with F1 but it has became huge problem in MotoGP especially in the wake of Aprilia, KR Proton, K

Pete - Unregistered

January 30, 2013 3:40 PM

I guess Timo Glocks credit in F1 expired from MB after gifting Lewis Hamilton the corner and title in Brazil in 2008. Time for the tin tops Timo!

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