Former F1 driver Timo Glock believes it’s sad that Formula 1 employs more drivers on the basis of how much money they can bring.
The ex-Marussia driver, who will race in DTM this season, talked about the changing face of Formula 1. He said it’s unfortunate F1 teams become more reliant on drivers that can bring money as well as minimum abilities behind the wheel.
“Finding partners to improve the budget is increasingly difficult. There have always been pay drivers and, while I won’t say that they have no talent – Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez have proved that you can have good partners behind you and drive fast as well – but it’s too bad that F1 is increasingly developing in this direction,” the 30-year-old German was quoted as saying by Crash.net.
Marussia signed up Max Chilton to partner Glock, a move many view as a means of getting financial backing from the Briton’s family. But the team didn’t stop there: Glock was ousted to make room for what is expected to be another better-financed driver.
But while Glock has managed to find a drive in DTM with a multi-year BMW deal, other drivers like Heikki Kovalainen and Kamui Kobayashi have failed to bring financial backing to their former F1 teams and are likely to spend the year on the sidelines.