It depends on the pay drivers. If, for example, Nasr or Juncadella wound up at Sauber, nobody would doubt their talent, even if they were technically signing as pay drivers. Sauber’s desperate times called for desperate measures, however. And in the midst of Sauber’s financial woes, a pay driver has been signed to possibly race for them in 2014. Sergey Sirotkin is a pay driver. Obviously, this term carries a negative connotation owing from the wealthy underachievers of the sport. Sergey Sirotkin, however, is no slowpoke. In signing him, the team may have found the next Raikkonen. If Sirotkin can adapt and the team can nurture him into a competitive F1 driver, he’ll be likened to Sergio Perez instead of Vitaly Petrov, for example. Peter Sauber has always had an eye for talent. In Sirtokin, Sauber is taking a gamble: everyone agrees he needs more time in the junior formulae. However, the team isn’t unreasonable; they know that Sirotkin is a far better driver than Ma Qinghua or Ricardo Teixeira. If Sirotkin races for Sauber in 2014, the team will receive the money they need and may even produce a real F1 talent should their gamble pay off.