Massa Refuses To “Prostitute”

Felipe Massa told UOL Esporte he did not accept that drivers pay a team to run with it, even to compare them with prostitutes.

Pay for the bucket of a car is now commonplace in Formula 1. Talent and successful pilot no longer sufficient to integrate a team in the premier class. In times of crisis, they are also likely to ask drivers a financial contribution they will be responsible to find themselves with their sponsors.


A practice that is not the taste of Felipe Massa, the current Ferrari driver who has engaged with Williams for next season. In an interview with Brazilian media UOL Esporte, Vice World Champion 2008 Scuderia did not mince words about paying drivers. “I do not know if I should use the word I can think to describe them, because it is a very strong word, he has started before going to the end of his thought. I would say that they are prostitutes and not become like them is my biggest pride. It is normal to help his team brought a few sponsors, but I’m not a prostitute. ”

While many drivers are busy right now to find a team for next season, Felipe Massa did not hesitate to give his opinion stating that he had not lowered to such practices by signing at Williams . “After what I experienced and what I’ve done, it would have made ​​no sense to pay to ride, has offended the Ferrari driver. course I’ll do anything to find sponsors for it need money to improve a car. I have good relationships with some companies and some of them are Brazilian. The crisis has hit all teams, both small and great. ”

Schumacher Was Also Paid To Drive:

The money would he flee the talent in Formula 1? Impossible to say even if some drivers pay recently disappointed by their performance. This is particularly the case of Sergio Perez through a disastrous season for his first year at McLaren. The Mexican driver, who also announced he would fly over the British team for next year, received since the beginning of his career the financial support of Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world who made his fortune in telecommunications. Aid that was not enough since Perez currently looking for a tub for 2014 after going completely off his season at McLaren.

Optimists say however that talent comes with money. There several years, Ayrton Senna, Nicky Lauda and Michael Schumacher have also provided financial support for their team to get a steering wheel with the success we know them. In 1991, the Red Baron made his debut in Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix with the Jordan team, taking advantage of the absence of the Belgian Bertrand Gachot then retained no English justice. At the time, his sponsor, Mercedes had put 150,000 dollars on the table for him to take the start. Today, the amounts are traded at several million dollars. Probably the price to pay to win seven world championship titles.