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SBD Global/November 5, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

F1 Teams Look For Drivers With Millions, Talent Is Only Secondary

F1 teams "will become increasingly dependent on pay drivers, drivers who are able to raise millions," according to Roger Benoit of BLICK. Retired Team Principal Peter Sauber hated the word "pay driver." However, if a driver without millions knocks on an F1 team's door, he will get a pitiful smile and a "good luck with your future." Talent "has become secondary." F1 team Caterham revealed that it needs "two drivers with money for '13." An announcement like that could end the the career of Grand Prix-winning Caterham driver Heikki Kovalainen who does not have the big-time sponsorship deals or millions that Caterham is looking for. The reason for Caterham's demand of two drivers with money is its position in the constructors' standings. The team is currently 11th, which means it would lose out on the $20M that a finish in the top 10 would guarantee (BLICK, 11/4).
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