F1 » Kate Walker: The price of Pastor

In her latest exclusive column for Crash.net, Kate Walker looks at the moral dilemma that might come with hiring pay drivers...

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October 31, 2013 7:40 AM
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Kate, glad some in F1 had the guts to say it.

Williams have not shown to care about the people of Venezuela up to this point, don't see any reason they would start now.

As for any of the other teams, F1 is only about the money, nothing else. The teams all raced in Bahrain the last couple of years and in third world countries for decades. Considering the moral compass of the ring leader (Bernie) I don't expect anything to change. I do wish the family owned and storied team of Williams would display some moral fortitude, BUT this is F1 after all so no such luck.....ho hum

But I still watch every race, so am I partly to blame also?


October 31, 2013 9:01 AM

A thought proving article from Katie there.

Problem with F1 is, it's so money orientated like football these days that ethics take a back seat. Racing in Bahrain springs to mind, I've said before that Bernie would host a race in North Korea if they would pay for it,

As for Pastor, he has speed but there are more talented drivers available and he crashes to often and is pretty unpredictable in wheel to wheel racing. No loss if he's not on the grid next year and his sponsorship is questionable.


October 31, 2013 10:03 AM
Last Edited 149 days ago

One thing which ought not to be overlooked is the pride that is often derived by a nation from seeing a home grown hero in F1. Senna and Brazil was a case in point. True it is people should not be going hungry, but there are people going hungry in most countries, even capitalist countries whose corporate citizens include big companies that pay big salaries to F1 drivers and tax deduct the cost as promotion, thereby reducing the tax revenue available to feed the poor. There are also drivers who choose to live in tax havens. Kate's piece is, with respect, a selective form of moralisation.


October 31, 2013 10:41 AM

A far from ideal situation but who's really to blame?

Pastor is a better driver than many give him credit for and if you were in his shoes and your government were willing to pay your way in F1 would you accept? course you would.
If you were running an F1 team and were hard up for money and were offered a driver with 8/10th talent and 40 or 50 million backing or a 10/10th driver who wanted 10 million from you that you didn't have what would you do? Take the money I'd imagine.
A drivers priority is to stay in the sport.
A teams priority is to stay in business.
The plight of the Venezuelan people should be the priority and responsibility of their government. They are the ones to blame not F1 teams or drivers.


October 31, 2013 10:46 AM

at roadburner

to be fair she said the uk has a income disparity
which is true
just the Valenzuela government is supposed to look after its citizens in which they fail
where ours don't give a f about the poor
as they are a inconvenience
she just worded it to not upset anyone :)
at least i think that's what she was saying


October 31, 2013 10:47 AM

Very sweet and very touching article!, I strongly suspect that morals would have been left gathering dust on some shelves for as long as there wasn't a hint at a switch of teams with different nationalities for Pastor, as the past has shown/proved this whole Venezuelan driver sponsorship money was of no concern as to how they came about and were welcomed with open hands up to this suspected driver team change by a team of some PURE sons of one of the world's top democracies.


October 31, 2013 11:03 AM

There's an even scarier story going around!

Max Chilton is RUMOURED to be heading to Force India with his dads 12m Eon sponsorship. If that was to happen and McLaren keep Perez (because of his money) and Lotus take Maldonado (because of his money) Sauber take Sirotkin (because of his money) what ends up happening to Hulkenberg?


October 31, 2013 11:28 AM
Last Edited 918 days ago


I can't. I don't know what server hosting architecture they use (none of my business). I assumed they were blocking by IP address but he may be spoofing IP addresses. He's broken polls by simulating unique hits.

At best it's cyber vandalism, at worst it's hacking.

One user is going ruin this site and it's the livelihood of some people.

They can contact his work ISP and home ISP and ask them to put a block on the crash.net domain for his IP address but that's up to crash. It's a shame, it's a hassle no one needs.

The type of people who do this didn't get enough attention as a child or have a small pen1s, I'm guessing the latter.

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