Glock questions pay driver generation

Glock questions pay driver generation

0439LW7D9409Timo Glock has questioned the state of Formula One heading into the 2014 season as a number of drivers have secured seats by virtue of their large sponsorship packages.

The German driver, who raced in the sport between 2008 and 2012, took to Twitter to subtly question the predicament that the sport finds itself in where a number of talented drivers have been ousted out of their seats because they lack the necessary finance.

In a tweet, Glock asked: “How many F1 drivers are this year on the grid with a big sponsorship?”, before also sending out a number of emoticons depicting wads of cash and money bags.

Following Caterham’s confirmation of Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson today, the grid for the 2014 F1 season is now complete. However, the likes of Giedo van der Garde and Robin Frijns have been forced into test driver roles because of their lack of finance, whilst one-time race winner Heikki Kovalainen is facing a second season on the sidelines.

Glock went on to retweet a number of views from fans attacking the pay driver generation, before pointing out that in German touring car series DTM, where he now races, there are no bought drives.

Today also saw Paul di Resta confirm his return to the series after failing to secure an F1 drive in 2014.

However, when asked whether he was jealous of the drivers with seats, Glock was quick to respond, saying: “No not at all very happy where I am right now with BMW Motorsport.”

Although criticism of the number of pay drivers in the sport is nothing new, it is interesting to see another former driver and figure hit out at the situation in this way.

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic.

Luke Smith

Luke Smith

Luke Smith is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Richland F1. Having started the website in March 2012, he has gone on to become one of the youngest members of the Formula 1 paddock after joining American broadcaster NBC Sports at the beginning of the 2013 season. Luke now works as the network's lead F1 writer, supporting the TV coverage on nbcsports.com. Luke's work has also been featured on NBC News, Yahoo! Sports, Driven Magazine and the Bahrain Mirror, and he has also appeared on CNBC's TV series "One Second in F1 Racing".