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Massa laments pay driver situation

Felipe Massa hit outs at the role of pay drivers in F1
Felipe Massa says that F1 has found itself in an 'absurd situation' thanks to the increasing number of pay drivers on the grid.

Massa was speaking after countryman Rubens Barrichello became the latest driver to lose his drive to a rival with extra budget, with Bruno Senna being named as his replacement in the Williams line-up.

HRT, the only team yet to confirm its full driver line-up, is believed to be looking for a driver who can bring extra backing to partner Pedro de la Rosa, with Tonio Liuzzi – who has a contract in place for the 2012 campaign – having made no secret of the fact that he doesn't have a massive budget behind him.

A number of other teams have been forced to look at drivers with financial support and Massa said it wasn't a good position for the sport to be in, with young drivers now finding it ever more difficult to make a breakthrough.

"Today, there are only four teams that can afford to operate without drivers that bring money," the Brazilian told Totalrace. "It's an absurd situation and I don't think it's good for F1 and especially the young drivers.

“Even if you get very good results in the formulas below, you either have to be lucky or have money in order to get a seat. That's not F1."



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CommodoreS

February 01, 2012 1:23 PM
Last Edited 1188 days ago

I reckon that is a fair call by Massa. F1 should be fostering young talent seeing it is the most expensive sport in the world and not bleeding youngsters of their money. If the teams can not raise sufficient sponsorship funds to support their activity why bother. This is supposed to be a evolving sport and accepting money from a driver is not evolving. Webber and Horner are doing the right thing in GP3 with MW Motorsport with funds from their own pocket and sponsorship

MikeG

February 01, 2012 11:50 AM

Well said Felipe. We need the 24 best drivers in the world to be racing in F1. Not the 24 richest men. They need to introduce a tough qualification process before a driver can get into F1 ... i.e. Needs to have won significant championships etc. This will ruin the sport if it is not sorted out.



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