Why the phrase «pay driver» should not be used in F1?

Formula 1 is one of the most expensive sports in the world, requiring huge expenses from teams to participate in races. As well as a seat in the F1 team, such sportsman receives an offensive label «pay driver». Racing from karting to F1 is so expensive that very few drivers are successful to go all the way to the end. For 2021, the average F1 team’s expenses, excluding drivers’ salaries, is $ 145 million. Should a person’s talent be underestimated if he starts his career in “royal races” as a “pay driver”? The driver should be talked about by his results, not his financial capabilities. Also, the teams’ management takes into account many factors when signing a contract with a “pay driver”. Can anyone say that these drivers ended up in vain in F1?.

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