Webber praisies new young talent against F1 pay-driver trend

18 September, 2013

Mark Webber with  Daniel Ricciardo

Mark Webber with Daniel Ricciardo

Mark Webber has backed the appointment of Daniel Ricciardo as his Red Bull successor as a win against the trend of ‘pay drivers’ in Formula 1.

“Daniel deserves the job, which is the most important thing,” he said.

Webber, who arrived on the grid in 2002 with the struggling Minardi team, cannot hide his frustration with the growing influence of ‘pay-drivers’.

“It has become normal to see a driver getting a seat not because of his talent, but because he’s paying,” the plain-speaking Australian is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace. I don’t think that’s very good for Formula 1.”

Webber said that one exception has been the debut at Marussia of the strongly Ferrari-linked Jules Bianchi, who has been able to express his talent despite the lack of competitiveness of his car.

“It’s not easy when you have a slow car – I’ve been in that situation with Minardi,” said the 37-year-old, who at the end of a career spanning more than 200 races and 9 wins, is departing for Le Mans sports cars in 2014.

“I think [Bianchi] has done a good job and deserves a chance with a top team in the future.”

Another example, said Webber, is the promising Williams newcomer Valtteri Bottas.

His teammate in 2013 has been Pastor Maldonado, who although the winner of last year’s Spanish Grand Prix, clearly falls into Webber’s ‘pay driver’ category.

“Bottas has not had an easy time at Williams,” said Webber.

“He did a great qualifying in Canada when I think he is basically alone in the team, because while Pastor has experience, I don’t think Bottas can learn a great deal from him,” he added. (GMM.)

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  • Tamburello_1994

    Just slating folks left and right on the way out the door Webber is.

  • McLarenfan

    Nice one Mark well said!!

  • McLarenfan

    Webber is correct all these pay drivers have not earned the seat which is against the true ethos of the sport these drivers are in the true belief of F1 to be the best in the world. Instead we are having a grid made of who has the backing of the deepest pockets a driver with genuine skill and pace is an occasional tester for Caterham, or driving a test car for Pirelli, and Toyota Le Mans team, an analyst for the new Sky Sports F1 HD channel, and simulator driver for Mercedes AMG Petronas. This should not be the case talent should rise to the top!!!!

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