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Kate Walker: The price of Pastor

Any team willing to sign Maldonado on the strength of his talent alone should do so. After all, the boy is quick, and a race winner. The talent is there. But to overlook the likes of the extraordinarily talented Hulkenberg – who doesn't bring any money to the table – while also diverting money from those that need it into a team that merely wants it? It leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

Whatever criticisms one might care to level at the current generation of pay drivers, the vast majority come with sponsorship cash that does not exist at the expense of the basic needs of an entire country.

Kate Walker

Kate Walker is the editor of GP Week magazine and a freelance contributor to Crash.net. A member of the F1 travelling circus since 2010, she keeps an eye on the behind the scenes wheeling and dealing that makes Formula One a political melodrama.

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October 31, 2013 10:03 AM
Last Edited 564 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 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.

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