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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tm - Unregistered

February 11, 2013 2:58 PM

Easy fix... Take the suggestion from Ferrari and tell the manufacturers to run a 3rd car, and make it mandatory to give it to a rookie - max two years, after that a new rookie has to come in.

- Full grid with competitive cars
- Less pay drivers and more guys getting to F1 on merit
- 'Old' guys have to keep performing, as there is a continuous supply of young, eager drivers ready to show they are better
- New guys get to show what they are made of in cars actually capable to win.
- Better and more interesting racing

Everybody happy.

o.OO - Unregistered

February 11, 2013 3:30 PM

In 2013 my main fix for motor-racing will be WEC(LSM), DTM, Aussie V8, Grand-Am, and Indycar. If I've sometime left after BTCC, WTCC and manage to record I'll watch a few F1 races and that will be it. As Trulli put it F1 has become a luxurious rent-a-carwho would never had the speed to compete against the greats from the 80s and early 90s.

shaken - Unregistered

February 11, 2013 4:07 PM

He's making his point but he should not be telling Crash.net, he ought to be telling Bernie Ecclestone (not that it would probably make any difference!!!)


February 11, 2013 4:32 PM

why are pay drivers becoming the new normal? blame the lavish spendings of teams like ferrari, mclaren, red bull which in turn gives them a huge competitive edge.

to put things a proper prespective, when it come the mid-level to smaller teams they see pay drivers as a means in closing the competitive gap. Its for this reason why F1 need to adopt a budget cap as it would essentially close that gap thus taking pay driver out of the picture. Sadly though teams like ferrari, mclaren and red bull are happy with the status quo because it keeps them unchallenged.


February 11, 2013 4:47 PM

ceejay. about 15 years or so, before you got into f1, you had to have a year or twos experience and results in f2 (or maybe it was f3000). anyway,the criteria was expeience in the second tier. nowadays, it appears that anybody can get a superlicence, and move from formula ford! (joke).

but it is time that f1 designated a feeder formula, be it gp2, formula renault 3.5 etc, and make it a strict requirement that a driver had to come from there. it wont happen, but its nice to speculate.


February 11, 2013 8:33 PM

Completely agree Richard, 2 years minimum experience and a top 3 championship finish in GP2 sould be an entry requirement to F1.

I can understand the financial attraction to smaller teams when a driver turns up with 30M sponsorship but it's just wrong in terms of the sport. Can you think of any other world class sport where you get to compete at the highest level if you have enough money?

Amigo - Unregistered

February 11, 2013 8:33 PM

Mclaren itself taken Perez from Sauber for his Sponsor.
Yes, McLaren will pay salary to Perez but it will be only one percent of what they will be received from Carlos Slim in 2014.
McLaren has no major sponsor for 2014. That's why McLaren rob Perez from Sauber in first place.
Whitmarsh doesn't qualify for criticize on such as pay drivers problem in today F1.


February 12, 2013 12:05 AM

Perez was hired because he was available, very competitive in a 'Sauber', and is only 22. His salary over three years is less than that received by the deiver he replaced for one year, a saving that has posibly paid for Mercedes engines with money left over. A speculative move bringing them closer to any sponsorship from Mexico

Luke - Unregistered

February 12, 2013 12:17 AM

@taipan, according to your 3rd place gp2 finish thing, if that where the case Nakajima would of been eligible for F1 but kobayashi Wouldn't despite the fact the latter being vastly more talented.

GP2 isn't all its cracked up to be, F3.5 is cheaper so most of the talents racing there now.

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