Felipe Massa is concerned more are more teams are requiring drivers to bring budgets to race for them.
Massa, who is looked for a drive for next season, said: “in Formula One I always operated as a professional driver, paid to race and I never brought money to pay for my drive and that is something that will not change now”.
“Bringing a sponsor has never been part of my career,” he added, “It doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót mean I can?óÔé¼Ôäót help the team to find a sponsor, but not as a condition for my getting the drive.”
Massa said it reflects poorly on F1 that drivers are getting seats based on money rather than talent: “The pay-driver scenario is a big worry for Formula One. Formula One is a top world sport up against other sports at this level.
“It?óÔé¼Ôäós a shame to imagine a young driver who has the talent, the ability to be in F1 and maybe be world champion but not get a chance to race. Or that a driver already in F1 can lose his place to another with a lot less talent but he has the money. But it?óÔé¼Ôäós been like that for a while now.”
Massa added he was concerned Brazil could be left without a representative on the grid if he fails to find a seat for next year.
“It?óÔé¼Ôäós very important for Brazil to have a driver, a successful driver in Formula One. Now, I?óÔé¼Ôäóm the only one and I still don?óÔé¼Ôäót have a contract for next year.
“If I?óÔé¼Ôäóm not racing next year, or if there is no other Brazilian on the grid, it would be a big loss for the country.”
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