‘Many teams choose money over ability’ – Kobayashi

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In the round-up: Kamui Kobayashi says he is still trying to get back into Formula One but many teams are taking ‘pay drivers’.

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Kobayashi: “My aim is to get back to Formula 1″ (Ferrari)

“At the moment, there are many teams who prefer to choose their drivers based on how much money they can bring, rather than on their ability on track: I hope this trend will change, because my aim is to be back there as soon as possible and I am working hard to succeed.”

Vergne: I still have Red Bull chance (Autosport)

“I’ve been massively unlucky this year. Obviously not everybody can see it, and maybe some people don’t want to see it, they just want to see the result, which I understand. But the facts are there.”

F1 owner CVC Capital raises ??10.5bn for European buyouts (FT, registration required)

“CVC Capital Partners, the private equity owner of motor racing championship Formula One, has raised ??10.5bn, the largest fund for European buyouts since the start of the financial crisis.”

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Antonio Felix da Costa, Jean-Eric Vergne, Red Bull Ring, 2013

Jean-Eric Vergne greets Red Bull Junior driver Antonio Felix da Costa on the grid ahead of one of last weekend’s Formula Renault 3.5 race at the Red Bull Wing.

A luckless weekend for Da Costa saw him fall to fifth in the championship after an engine problem in the first race and retirement after failing to start in the second.

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Comment of the day

@Stephanief1990 has no qualms with Susie Wolff using her gender to increase her chances of landing an F1 drive:

People say we need a great woman but why? We get mediocre men on the grid every single year who have money behind them. We?ll have true gender equality on the grid when we can get pay drivers who are women on the grid and no one makes a comment that it?s because they?re a woman, the comments will just be “oh God, not another pay driver”.

Why must women have to be so much better to get a chance that an average racing man could? Why can only a female Schumacher have a shot when we get male drivers like Gutierrez every single season?

It really has nothing to do with biology either. Science has found that women can be just strong and just capable as men. F1 isn’t even about strength any more. Furthermore, there aren?t fixed differences between men and women. Some women have deep voices while some men squeak, some women have a lot of hair while some men lie and say they wax their chest, in the case of transgender men some will have vaginas and some transgender women will have penises.

The reason we don?t have more women drivers is purely because of the toxic culture of F1 (and motor sports in general). If you?re not middle class and/or an obviously hetero guy then you just don?t fit in this world as a driver and that is bad for the sport because we?re not seeing the best drivers in the world but just the best drivers in the world that everyone can approve of.
@Stephanief1990

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186 comments on ‘Many teams choose money over ability’ – Kobayashi

  1. jimscreechy (@) said on 22nd July 2013, 12:05

    @Stephanief1990 Re: COTD I think you need to go do a course on human physiology judging from the inaccuracy of some of the comments you have made. I appreciate the sentiment, even the notion, but for gods sake at least understand the facts before allowing your perceived notions to ruin your credibility. How did this even make it to Comment of the Day?

  2. dot_com (@dot_com) said on 22nd July 2013, 18:11

    Love that chain of headlines on the f1 fanatic home page:

    ‘Many teams choose money over ability’ – Kobayashi

    …immediately followed by:

    Kobayashi crashes Ferrari in demo run. Great timing.

  3. Jon Sandor (@jonsan) said on 22nd July 2013, 23:10

    Why can only a female Schumacher have a shot when we get male drivers like Gutierrez every single season?

    That’s a very poor analogy. Gutierrez was GP3 champion and won races in GP2, both achievements far beyond what Wollf could ever dream of.

    There is something to the underlying point – yes, we do see men in F1 who hardly deserve to be there. Karthikeyan comes to mind. But the solution is to stop allowing unqualified drivers into F1, not to allow more of them in some misguided attempt at fairness. Or if we’re more honest, a misguided attempt at marketing.

  4. Travis (@mcmerctn) said on 23rd July 2013, 6:37

    As crazy as this sounds, I’ve given this some thought, and the way I see it, Kobayashi wouldn’t be a bad choice for Ferrari for next year. He wouldn’t really challenge Fernando, probably be a bit quicker than Massa, and he could be hired for a modest salary for 1 year, at the end of which Ferrari could sign Bianchi. Ferrari may broker a deal to send Bianchi to Sauber, or keep him in a Marussia 1 more year. I think Bianchi will probably drive a Ferrari eventually, and the more I think about it, the less crazy of an idea it seems to me. I’d definitely like to see it happen.

  5. HawkAussie (@hawkaussie) said on 23rd July 2013, 9:58

    Thanks for the birthday wish :)

  6. kbdavies (@kbdavies) said on 23rd July 2013, 14:46

    It really has nothing to do with biology either. Science has found that women can be just strong and just capable as men.

    This comment singularly illustrates why it will be a waste of time to respond to the COTD.

  7. Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 23rd July 2013, 18:44

    Kobayashi’s remarks are so useless. Of course the backmarker teams use pay drivers and even the mid field teams tend to have a single pay driver. At the very least the midfield teams have at least one driver who is there on merit. if Kobayashi isn’t deemed to be good enough to get one of those drives on merit, then why should he run in a backmarker team? Those teams wouldn’t exist without pay drivers anyway.

  8. Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 23rd July 2013, 18:54

    Wow, just read the COTD. Seriously? Women “can” be just as strong as men. Sure, but the strongest women is not stronger than the strongest man. Not even close.

    F1 drivers DO need a lot of strength. Just watch how drivers suddenly start to perform better when they have been told to work on their fitness level (and do). Try carry 3 times your own bodyweight and then claim strenght isn’t an issue. With a straight face.

    Even the “mediocre” male drivers in F1 have at least some results to their name. They will have won race classes before F1. Even the lowly Gutierrez was champion in Formula BMW Europe, GP3 Series and third in GP2. Suzie Wolff was champion in … well … some karting event.

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