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 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.