“Pay driver scenario a big worry for F1″ – Massa

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2013Felipe 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?t mean I can?t 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?s 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?s 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?s very important for Brazil to have a driver, a successful driver in Formula One. Now, I?m the only one and I still don?t have a contract for next year.

“If I?m 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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76 comments on “Pay driver scenario a big worry for F1″ – Massa

  1. Steph (@stephanief1990) said on 1st November 2013, 9:16

    The pay driver scenario is absolutely nothing new. There have always been pay drivers- even Lauda technically was one. It’s a problem which will always exist so long as F1 is about chucking money at racing. Kimi’s salary at Ferrari was an estimated 30 million euros, the teams are still oversized, the cars alone can cost up to £100 k to rebuild if they have a little off on a practice session never mind how much they cost to build in the first place. When costs are so high then teams are going to chase after money any way they can and that obviously includes hiring pay drivers.

  2. Anele (@anele-mbethe) said on 1st November 2013, 11:24

    you would think the amount of fanfare around the hulk would attract sponsors but I guess this game is much more complex. Hope he ends up in a competitive car next year

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