How to buy your way into Formula 1

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Many drivers spend years proving their worth before making it to the big leagues of F1. But some others pay for a fast track. How does the typical F1 drivers' career play out? And how does cash accelerate the process?


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  • CORRECTION: Super License points are not awarded from race finishes, but on how a driver finishes the season. For example if you finish the Formula 2 championship in 1st-3rd, you'll earn 40 points, 4th earns 30 points, 5th earns 20 and so on. You cannot do it in a single race weekend like I said. Apologies for the error. - Nolan

    Donut MediaDonut MediaАй мурун
    • also his dads company makes the equivilent of 1 billion dollars not 100 billion , another mistake

      pag nagpag nag2 күн мурун
    • No research fc th

      Shiven GuptaShiven Gupta20 күн мурун
    • Mate max verstappen was 16 when He joind Red Bull so you don't have to be 18

      DanielDaniel22 күн мурун
    • If you win F2 and F3, you're no longer allowed to remain the the series. When Lando Norris won F3 in 2017, he's automatically qualified to be in F1, but he can no longer stay in F3. He came in second in F2 2018 to George Russel, who became ineligible to race in F2 anymore.

      BigFireBigFireАй мурун
    • @Big Joe S. You also forgot to mention he came 2nd in gp3, in 2018,which I think would have also allowed him to gain superlicense points as this still fell within the 3 year period

      Nathan AjibawoNathan AjibawoАй мурун
  • Mazepin and Stroll are makin’ things way to easy for the rest of the drivers.

    ryan lewisryan lewis17 саат мурун
  • 24hrs of lemons?

    Robin LRobin LКүн мурун
  • One of my friends used to drive for 2 f2 teams and his dad had to pay 2 million dollars per season. The information that you are sharing is correct.

    Francisco MartínezFrancisco MartínezКүн мурун
  • It should be noted that Mazepin did indeed perform well in F2

    prodbyphoenixprodbyphoenixКүн мурун
  • If you think Mazepin being in F1 is problematic just look at the team he’s racing for. The real question should be is if HAAS is an actual F1 team.

    Mitchell WebbMitchell WebbКүн мурун
  • Mazepin: I'm gonna buy my son a seat in a F1 car Stroll: that's cute

    MCBrittaMCBritta2 күн мурун
  • Last 2 races mazepin's pace is faster than Schumacher's

    DreamDream2 күн мурун
  • Donut Media did you ever heard of sponsors?

    P CP C3 күн мурун
  • Who’s the poorest F1 driver?

    Herakles ErosHerakles Eros3 күн мурун
  • You guys should make the slow mo part of the ad a repeatable background gif

    ChrisAce117ChrisAce1174 күн мурун
  • is tough to watch .... he literally had one "big" crash ... but ok

    ugh 🤧ugh 🤧4 күн мурун
  • Dont watch this vid. Shockig commercial few minutes in

    Bruno PirainaBruno Piraina4 күн мурун
  • I feel sorry for jarno opmeer probably one of the best esports racer but didn't get any sponsors to get through

    PoppofPoppof4 күн мурун
    • He was part of the Renault Academy but got dropped due to bad results

      lol shitlol shitКүн мурун
  • I weirdly didn't mind that 60s add 😂

    PoppofPoppof4 күн мурун
  • "24 hours of Lemons" lmao thats great

    billy fitzgeraldbilly fitzgerald5 күн мурун
  • what about when a 17 year old verstappen raced in formula 1? was it not allowed then either???

    FelixFelix5 күн мурун
  • My cart only goes to 95 kmp

    Silasher's gamingSilasher's gaming6 күн мурун
  • Well no, but actually yes

    DominiuDominiu6 күн мурун
  • forgetting lance stroll

    philip hansenphilip hansen6 күн мурун
  • now that i know how unlucky (kinda) iam from the day i was born. im starting to question my existance.

    Allen JayAllen Jay6 күн мурун
  • Ok we are not going to talk about Schumachers father owned a race track And we are not gonna say that Mazepin's teamate is also daddy driver Ofc the random yt channel even not connected to f1 content will judge F1 drivers...

    Boeing 747-8Boeing 747-86 күн мурун
    • Schumacher's father was a bricklayer, don't know where you got that info that he owned a race track.

      lol shitlol shitКүн мурун
  • Can we get one of these videos about IMSA?

    ShaggyJakeShaggyJake6 күн мурун
  • Shoutout sylvesters

    Joshua SolomonJoshua Solomon7 күн мурун
  • Lance strolls daddies cash 2.0

    Dank MemesDank Memes7 күн мурун
  • " you need to be 18 years old for f1" Max Verstappen: are you sure about that?

    hexzanahexzana7 күн мурун
    • They made the 18+ year rule after Max

      Im Batman I really amIm Batman I really am4 күн мурун
  • Forget about F1, That was the saddest sponsor in the world

    I love BudgiesI love Budgies7 күн мурун
  • dude just for that ad for zebra you got my like

    blackniksxDblackniksxD8 күн мурун
  • I tried reading book at the other day, and I almost die Hahaha

    Rizal PambudiRizal Pambudi8 күн мурун
  • *its not a sport*

    SamuraiWolfSamuraiWolf8 күн мурун
  • Don’t have to be 18 if you’re good enough, didn’t Verstappen start F1 at 17?

    GregH25GregH258 күн мурун
    • Actually 16, but he's the reason the rule was implemented due to entering at such a young age

      SprxtGamingSprxtGaming6 күн мурун
  • I am Russain and this is my money these so called rich "businessmen" keep spending left and right. Mafia.

    vadimyakusvadimyakus9 күн мурун
  • Bro... Maybe I'm overtired but that joke about reading a book almost killing you made me actually laugh out loud

    Bayshore BoysBayshore Boys9 күн мурун
  • Reminded me of the anime "Capeta". A lower class kid that works his way through go-karts to (eventually) formula racing. Topics like finances, tires, racing lines, teams, etc. Recommended watch.

    Bokeh13Bokeh1311 күн мурун
  • Stroll

    Alexer GamingAlexer Gaming12 күн мурун
  • 50k for a kids sport.... my parents wouldnt let me play hockey because it was $100 a year to rent equipment lmao

    G MG M12 күн мурун
  • Oh well this tells me I can't do f1 unless I get a millionaire friend

    K BK B13 күн мурун
  • Oh man I thought I could just do more go-carting and winning by three laps

    K BK B13 күн мурун
  • Just came here to watch again the ad

    Angelo Isaac SiervoAngelo Isaac Siervo14 күн мурун
  • Controversial: Best drivers in the world are in the WRC and not in F1 (especially in this days).

    2dany52dany514 күн мурун
  • The scandalous loan presumably confess because polish epidemiologically blush behind a outstanding shock. sleepy, sneaky flower

    Carlos PCarlos P15 күн мурун
  • Why would his dad do that do his kid

    A ParkerA Parker15 күн мурун
  • Wow! And people in India think cricket is an expensive sport for their kids... 😂😂

    Yash GulaveYash Gulave16 күн мурун
  • "racing in lemons" lol

    Not Aaryan RathNot Aaryan Rath16 күн мурун
  • So your saying that a rich kid bought his way into f1 and not skill?

    Enrique GuintoEnrique Guinto16 күн мурун
    • @Saddam Hussein correct

      Enrique GuintoEnrique Guinto15 күн мурун
    • Thats f1 in a nutshell

      Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein15 күн мурун
  • Actually Mazepin hated (Even in russia): 1)Because his is son of oligarch 2)He make a party in house - when in that day many workers was died (!!!) on UralChem mine 3)He was groped (almost raped/harass!) a girl on video (even posted that on Instagram) 4)He always been in illegal russian street racing scene and fined many times (He even post videos with his dangerous driving) 5)He hated right now by ALL F1 racers (In 2021 season! Even by his co-driver in team - son of famous Schumacher ("Red Baron" or "Red Dragon" of F1). And russian casters trying to hide it or ignore it (Only saying like some sort of "Yay! Our Russian driver in F1! GO RUSSIA!" (Forgetting about Kvyat or even Petrov - who is actually trying to prove their professionalism in F1 and was better drivers than him) 6)Whole his existence - in example why rented drivers (Rent-A-Driver) thing is a bad thing and actually killing motorsport. Even other bad examples - like that rich kid from India (in Force India Team) and kid from South America - actually trying to learn from their mistakes... Mazepin? OFC, no! He still drive like a ignorant idiot and ram even (like i said up here in text_) his own team member driver! P.S. As for Americans (Especially bcs - Donut Media - is USA youtube car channel) - yes, he (and his father) maybe save your precious American team in F1 (Yes, HAAS Racing was made by NASCAR guy from same named NASCAR team) - but what cost?

    Даниил СтепановДаниил Степанов16 күн мурун
    • Херню несёшь

      CripCrip7 күн мурун
  • But Schumacher wasn't a rich kid. He had sponsors

    Σπύρος ΠολυχρόνηςΣπύρος Πολυχρόνης16 күн мурун
  • Skip Shifter Karts and go Formula Vee.

    Colin ZiemerColin Ziemer17 күн мурун
  • Can you buy your way in? Followed immediately by a sponsor ad

    Mike KyddMike Kydd17 күн мурун
  • Let's get superGT in F1

    zapx33zapx3318 күн мурун
  • F1 drivers peeing their suit is extremely rare. The race take less than 2 hours. But it does happen. If you gotta go, go.

    sochyvonn norasochyvonn nora18 күн мурун
  • how is his situation any different to Lance Stroll???

    OtterJoocePlaysOtterJoocePlays18 күн мурун
  • The pleasant end isely correct because venezuelan implicitly order times a instinctive kenya. jobless, defective plywood

    Erica MurphyErica Murphy19 күн мурун
  • I never watched too much F1 when I was younger but I'm never going to forget how awful was Pastor Maldonado. I'm from Venezuela and looking back I'm pretty sure he was placed in that spot by the government using their dirty money

    Carlos MayorcaCarlos Mayorca19 күн мурун
  • For anyone that’s wants to start karting or get someone started and maybe go f1 who knows the sky’s the limit, don’t worry because these prices are highly over exaggerated. Karting is like 8-11k a year not 40-50k

    Kneeler NittsKneeler Nitts19 күн мурун
  • Be atleast 18 years old Max verstappen: so anyways...

    LootterLootter20 күн мурун
  • Am sorry but I just can’t believe you It is absolutely impossible that 3 or 5 year olds are doing that I refuse to believe it

    Omar Al kayalOmar Al kayal20 күн мурун
  • It's le mans

    Shiven GuptaShiven Gupta20 күн мурун
  • It has always been the same even niki lauda was a pay driver yet he was a legend

    Shiven GuptaShiven Gupta20 күн мурун
  • Well this murdered my dreams…

    FluX NuggetFluX Nugget20 күн мурун
  • if i were to buy my way into f1, how much would it cost in total????

    Jack tresoliniJack tresolini20 күн мурун
  • damn dream crushing

    Chat BarChat Bar20 күн мурун
  • Actually max was 3 when he began at karting he had a mini kart but there was no one else in his competition😂😂

    FinnFastyFinnFasty21 күн мурун
  • Heres how to buy your way into f1 Step 1: be Nakita Mazepin Thanks for reading

    mandude03 Videosmandude03 Videos22 күн мурун
    • "Thanks for coming on my TEDtalk". =D

      Даниил СтепановДаниил Степанов7 күн мурун
  • yall some haters

    Negative ZeroNegative Zero22 күн мурун
    • ???? Hahaha

      Sebastián AparicioSebastián Aparicio20 күн мурун
  • who else thinks the stocky ugly af its so squished and ugly

    Oscar SequenOscar Sequen22 күн мурун
  • to conclude this klickbait title ---- YOU CAN NOT BUY YOUR WAY INTO F1 !!! on the whole planet there are around 50 ppl eligable for a FIA Super Licence. 20 have a seat. ~10 drove f1 at some point/test drivers. ~10 are the best youngsters in "juniors"/"lower catagories" atm.[which are all super competetive and awesome!] AND ~5-10 do not want to drive f1 because they rule their chosen classes. So for Mr. Mazepin one can only say: He did earn his Super Licence so he deserves his chance try his best! Buying yourself into F1 IS NO MORE! Everybody has Talent and BigSponsorMoney for himself!

    Leas HauLeas Hau22 күн мурун
  • Serious question : With counties like the UK preventing the sale of new combustion engine cars from 2030, is F1 in danger of becoming obsolete? Considering formula E already exists, what can F1 do to stay independent and relevant as a sport?

    ZergZerg23 күн мурун
  • Thanks for promoting the SCCA! I started 8 years ago and am now a board member at our local club . It's really great and is a bunch of people into cars that give up their free time to make events happen.

    bobo2186bobo218623 күн мурун
  • Part of the game!

    Marcello PasiniMarcello Pasini23 күн мурун
  • Michael Schumacher 7 time world champion and uou said he was paydriver i mean what the fuck

    Aleksi VääräjärviAleksi Vääräjärvi23 күн мурун
    • He did win formula 1 7 times, but his entry was still thanks to Mercedes, who he had a contract with at the time, paying Eddie Jordan roughly 150,000 USD in 1991 (or more than 290,000 USD in 2021) so Micheal could get his required laps and debut that same year with Jordan.

      Metrofilmer88Metrofilmer8821 күн мурун
  • Available for 30 days...or like 1 :(

    David PowerDavid Power24 күн мурун
  • Well, although you are absolutely correct on saying that a lot of money is needed to reach a F1 driver seat, it is not the way you depicted that concerning rich drivers. I mean, of course you need a lot of self funding way up F3 maybe, but after that most drivers need to find sponsors, and unless you have a government country (like was with Maldonado) backing you, you probably will need to prove your talent to find some company crazy enough to put money in motorsports and help you through F3 and F2. Of course it is still a lot of money to make it through junior classes, but just calling all of them “pay drivers” don’t tell all the story.

    Leonardo AndradeLeonardo Andrade24 күн мурун
  • 5:30 it's Super License points, not championship points

    JiggyJiggy24 күн мурун
  • flagged for promoting terrorism

    Gerald LeuvenGerald Leuven24 күн мурун
  • Stop with these stupid adds there are political KGflowrs that can't even make money bec of censorship. Stop being greedy.

    Gerald LeuvenGerald Leuven24 күн мурун
  • Didn't Verstappen start racing in F1 as a 17 year old tho?

    JT ShenpaiJT Shenpai24 күн мурун
    • Yep. He started at 17 years old in 2015. Max is actually one of the main reasons that the FIA changed the rules to require Super-license holders be at least 18 years old

      Metrofilmer88Metrofilmer8821 күн мурун
  • dang it...from my estimate probably my grandson can make it to f1

    Shlok ShuklaShlok Shukla24 күн мурун
  • Great video but Damon Hill didn't have a pot to piss in when he started racing. Family lost all of their money in lawsuits after his father crashed a plane that he was piloting. At one point he was a motorcycle courier in London.

    hazlewood01hazlewood0124 күн мурун
  • That’s weird that you pay to race for formula 4-2, you’d think the teams would be paying you to race for their team

    Bruener BHammerBruener BHammer24 күн мурун
  • Yes

    Manuel ForeroManuel Forero24 күн мурун
  • Mazepin is nothing new. F1 has allways been a major money game, and almost every driver ( hamilton is the rarity for coming from such modest family backing) has to bring multimillions to the team to get their seats. And nonmanufacturer teams have allways been able to enter f1 if they can meet the FIA and FOM financial minimums. Its been this way from its outset, but got crazy during the modern era, from the early 90's. A team is going to cost you at least 200million a year, not including drivers pay, to be on the grid, but uncompetative, like Hass

    Alec BrownAlec Brown24 күн мурун
  • At which particular time since 1950 has F1 not been for sale?

    Nigel BagguleyNigel Bagguley24 күн мурун
  • What is the song at 10:00?

    Jack CondraJack Condra24 күн мурун
  • Step 1: Become a Stroll

    Laith MLaith M25 күн мурун
  • This host is wayyy too cringe

    XzxmemoxzxXzxmemoxzx25 күн мурун
  • Forgot to mention lance stroll, but he at least has skills

    Remkye HenriquezRemkye Henriquez25 күн мурун
  • That racing sim is 5k? Tf

    17AN17AN25 күн мурун
  • Dude nobody drives anything at 3 years old don’t overreact

  • URALCHEM has a revenue bigger than 100billion RUBLES. NOT DOLLARS. That's not a negligible detail. you just overvalued the company by 100x...

    Szilárd SzabóSzilárd Szabó25 күн мурун
  • I don't know why Mazepin is that hated, he is not a bad driver

    Marcin CzaczkaMarcin Czaczka25 күн мурун
  • So are they truly the best when nobody but the rich can even try?

    Idok WatcherIdok Watcher25 күн мурун
  • Same with the Stroll’s. Only difference is Stroll knows how to build a racecar

    Brady MarchewkaBrady Marchewka26 күн мурун
  • Mazepin more like mazespin😂

    Max KastnerMax Kastner26 күн мурун
  • don't hate the player hate the game, and honestly I wouldn't expect any different results if you put Lando Norris in the HAAS VF-21 it's a shit car.

    RaceHeadRaceHead26 күн мурун
  • Eigentlich ein gutes Video. Aber wäre da nicht die vielen Fehler. Um in die F1 zu kommen darf man auch unter 18 Jahren alt sein. Es gab auch schon Fahrer die mit 17 in die Formel 1 gekommen sind. 2. Schumacher war kein Pay Driver. Er bzw sein Manager musste für eine Testfahrt bezahlen. Das war aber früher ganz normal. Und das wichtigste ist die F1 Lizenz. Die ist abhängig von den Punkten die Du erwähnt hast. Und die grösste Hürde. Dann was viele auch nicht wissen. Die F1 Lizenz kostet immer mehr als beim ersten mal. So kostet die Lizenz die jedes Jahr erneuert wird mehr, wenn Du ein Erfolgreicher Fahrer bist. So Zahlt Hamilton für die aktive Lizenz mehr als Russel als Beispiel.

    QQ26 күн мурун
  • Racing is expensive, i kart for over 6 years and it feels like we got bankrupt😭

    Rune FNRune FN26 күн мурун
  • that ad…was perhaps the best i’ve seen yet

    sean mcmanussean mcmanus26 күн мурун
  • you just showed whats wrong with F1 lol. its a boring rich kids fest. 24H of Lemon's is where its AT :P

    mplewpmplewp26 күн мурун
  • you're flashy

    Sophia MillsSophia Mills26 күн мурун