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Massa: Pay drivers ‘not great’ for F1

2013-01-23 03:26:00

Felipe Massa has once again voiced his unhappiness over the increase in the number of pay drivers on the grid

Massa: Pay drivers ‘not great’ for F1

The issue of drivers with a lot of financial backing being given race seats is back in the news after Marussia decided to drop the long-serving Timo Glock, citing the current economic climate as the reason for the decision.

It is widely believed that Marussia will look for someone with sponsorship money to team up with Max Chilton this season.

Massa admits he is sad to see Glock leave Formula One and feels pay drivers are not the way to go for F1.

“It’s a very small team,” he said during a Q&A session on the official Ferrari website. “So I think it’s very difficult to comment. But for sure if he decide not to race in Formula One it’s for a reason. And if the team decide it’s for a reason.”

He added: “Maybe it can be on the commercial side. We know that many drivers now to arrive in Formula One need to have sponsors, they need to have money, especially in the small team. And honestly this is not a great thing for Formula One and maybe it is part of the commercial side.”

The Ferrari driver was also asked about his Formula One career and is adamant he would not change anything despite not being at the top of his game the past few seasons.

“I don’t think I would change anything,” he said. “I’ve had a fantastic career. For sure I don’t have a championship yet, I hope, but I’ve had a great career.

“I won many Championships before Formula One, I won many races in Formula One and I fought for the Championship. Sure I will try everything I can to fight again and win the Championship. I think everything I had, everything I did, was an experience. I learned a lot with everything in the good times and the bad times as well. So I don’t think I will change anything.

“I’m not a frustrated guy, you know, I’m a very happy man and I’m very happy with what I have done to now. For sure you always want more and I always want more and I will try everything to achieve more than what I have. I can’t change anything and I don’t really need to do that because I’m happy with what I did.”

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