Well, problem is that in F1 99% of all talent gets stuck in karting, because it is virtually impossible for a middle-class family to support a junior formula career without serious backing from a large sponsor, or the junior drivers’ program from an F1 team. Seriously, who here can afford $300,000 for Formula BMW? That’s just your first step.
You don’t have this BS in the Olympics, Football, Tennis, or Cycling.
I honestly do believe that in a perfect world, hypothetically speaking, if finances and money had no say in Auto Racing, and the ladder to F1 was entirely down talent — the 22 drivers on the grid would be Hamilton, Alonso, Vettel, maybe Raikkonen, and then 18 or 19 other blokes. I doubt any of the other current drivers would be in there.
Just my humble two cents.