Webber warns Formula 1 over pay drivers

By on Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mark WebberMark Webber has warned Formula 1 that the sport risks losing talented youngsters if there is a continued reliance on taking those drivers with financial backing.

A combination of factors - including the continuing economic problems - have resulted in teams requiring to sign 'pay drivers.'

Webber will retire at the end of the season and he will be replaced at Red Bull by Daniel Ricciardo.

Five drivers made their debut in 2013, but neither GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi nor Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Robin Frijns could find a race seat in Formula 1.

"Formula 1 must keep the hot talent coming through and these drivers that have countries with their own race or got governments or absolute full-on commercial scenarios behind them to the tune of five, eight, 10 million dollars, whatever it is, is not right," Webber told Sky Sports News.

"I rate [Valtteri] Bottas, he's done a good job in a difficult car, but overall we've got to be careful we don't have a bit of a vacuum not having those top boys come through."

"We all need that as a sport and Formula 1 must have it."

Webber added that such quality isn't restricted solely to the talent on the grid.

"I think keeping the quality is important, keeping the quality events," he said. "Korea, there's no one there. We need to have quality events, quality drivers, quality teams and keep that going."

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