F1 » Whitmarsh questions pay drivers

Martin Whitmarsh queries the number of pay drivers in both F1 and elsewhere, arguing they are preventing raw talent from reaching the top

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February 11, 2013 1:04 PM

Did he really say that or is crash putting words into his mouth???
Whitmarsh comes across as being a VERY smart person. Surely he's not dumb enough to say something like that when he's had pay drivers in the past.

Julian B - Unregistered

February 11, 2013 1:07 PM

Sadly this has always been teh case in motorsport - the guy with the biggest cheque book wins - and the need for new drivers is always based on "how much can you bring?" - F1's been the same since time began...

Talent alone has never been enough - even in my day when Mike Thackwell completely blew the F2 field away and could never get into a decent F1 seat & when a certain son of a famous "nightclub owner" was presetned with a full-on Class A F3 drive & spun 5 times in one lap!! This may sounds like sour grapes, but its not - just recognition that t'was ever thus & t'will ever be........


February 11, 2013 1:37 PM

When did they hire a pay driver may I ask?

Yes, Perez has big money behind him, but he, without a doubt, has the talent! Got a Sauber on the podium twice, caught and almost passed Alonso... Please, grow up children, stop hating just to hate...

Whitmarsh has a very valid point, it is getting to the stage where pay drivers can put a lot of people off this sport... Like Karthikeyan...


February 11, 2013 1:39 PM

fesso and ken. perez was a pay driver at sauber, but is a PAID driver at macca. yes, he might have brought some sponsorship with him, just as ferdi did at ferrari (and previously macca), but i would not now call him a pay driver.

oldtimer - Unregistered

February 11, 2013 1:56 PM

He can well afford to question the number of pay drivers because he has a massive amount of money at his disposal, however it has not stopped him being hypocritical in the extreme baring in mind that a certain Mr Perez has extensive backing from Mexico and I've no doubt that helped in getting Perez the drive especially as McClaren has to pay for it's engines this season. Until their is a level playing field in F1 it will continue to be a rich teams sport and with McClaren, RedBull and Ferrari at the helm it is not going to change any time soon. There is one rule for us and one rule for you and that will remain the case until some common sense comes to prevail, not very likely I'm afraid.

Eagle - Unregistered

February 11, 2013 2:41 PM

Another warning to the powers to be. Limit costs. The teams unamiously can't agree in cost cutting for some will potentially be losers in leveling the playing field. We need a Mosely type edict. In fact the noises are the other way with some larger teams pushing for more testing!


February 11, 2013 2:48 PM

Back in my day yu started your motorsport life in Club Racing, graduated to National Meetings where you earned points towards an International Licence. Surely it must be similar today. I know this will still mean those with more money will get ahead bur hopefully everyone in F1 is at least competent!!

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