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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  1. Donut Media

    Donut Mediaหลายเดือนก่อน

    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

  2. pag nag

    pag nag5 วันที่ผ่านมา

    also his dads company makes the equivilent of 1 billion dollars not 100 billion , another mistake

  3. Shiven Gupta

    Shiven Gupta23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    No research fc th

  4. Daniel

    Daniel25 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Mate max verstappen was 16 when He joind Red Bull so you don't have to be 18

  5. BigFire


    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.

  6. Nathan Ajibawo

    Nathan Ajibawoหลายเดือนก่อน

    @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


    CRAZYCRAZYMAN752 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

    The difference is almost all of the drivers that bought there way had some amount of talent this new guy doesn’t even have an inch we don’t talk about lance

  8. Strohut81

    Strohut813 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

    Max Verstappen was 17 in bis First F1 Season 🤦🏻‍♂️


    IKiDD RAFZzI22 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

    You got it all wrong mate, Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Riccardo and a few other racers WEREN'T rich. They had no financial backing, watch F1 Drive to Survive, one of the racers mention they were so poor they lived in their garage or in a garage. So if someone from that background can be an F1 driver, anyone with the right mindset and determination, skill + sponsorship can get in Formula Racing, you don't have to be rich. Soooo, I'm gonna take everything YOU just said and toss it out the window since it's all wrong and listen to what is true and what the actual racers themselves say. After Lewis won his 7th title he said "That's for all the kids out there, who dream the impossible, you can do it to, I believe in you guys!" Soooo, everything you said there is deemed irrelevant. Yeah, you can buy your way in, but those who can't? You can still get in with other ways, there isn't one way to get into things, we are living in a world where we can access financial backing through loans, or sponsorships, or heck even a go fundme, start a charity so you can get it why not. There is no shame, if you really want to be something, you would do anything to get in rather than looking the other way, that's dumb and to say "You need to be rich" or "Have the money" like there isn't any other way, is dumb. Someone who would wanna be an F1 racer might see this and have their hopes and dreams crushed only for someone else with facts, real facts to say otherwise and to find out other racers also been in the same financial background as them.

  10. ii- Sleepless

    ii- Sleeplessวันที่ผ่านมา

    Why is the Zebra ad so depressing

  11. Canadian Bacon

    Canadian Baconวันที่ผ่านมา

    It shouldn't be about money. The FIA needs to boot him out now. I have a lot of commercial driving experience and power sports experience but no daddy making 100 billion per year.

  12. dad comeback

    dad comeback2 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Company with an income of 100 bill a year still cant afford a decent head of hair

  13. Tony Tortellini

    Tony Tortellini2 วันที่ผ่านมา

    If you make an MR2 (First gen) or Miata Stocky I will be ALLLLL OVER that

  14. Psi King

    Psi King2 วันที่ผ่านมา

    If f1 wasn't the same and if any rich or poor can race , maybe we could see many better drivers than we have now . But then everyone would want to be a f1 driver : /

  15. Luke

    Luke2 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Didn't Lauda get a massive loan so he could buy his way in? And then single handedly made his team competitive?

  16. Samuel

    Samuel2 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Did not knew there was a 24 hour lemons race bruh

  17. Yoshiuki __

    Yoshiuki __2 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Lets be real if you gave Haas and the fia a billion each you probably could even as a nobody

  18. ryan lewis

    ryan lewis3 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Mazepin and Stroll are makin’ things way to easy for the rest of the drivers.

  19. Robin L

    Robin L4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    24hrs of lemons?

  20. Francisco Martínez

    Francisco Martínez4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    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.

  21. prodbyphoenix

    prodbyphoenix4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    It should be noted that Mazepin did indeed perform well in F2

  22. Mitchell Webb

    Mitchell Webb4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    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.

  23. MCBritta

    MCBritta5 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Mazepin: I'm gonna buy my son a seat in a F1 car Stroll: that's cute

  24. fuck it

    fuck it2 วันที่ผ่านมา


  25. Dream

    Dream5 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Last 2 races mazepin's pace is faster than Schumacher's

  26. P C

    P C6 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Donut Media did you ever heard of sponsors?

  27. Herakles Eros

    Herakles Eros6 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Who’s the poorest F1 driver?

  28. ChrisAce117

    ChrisAce1177 วันที่ผ่านมา

    You guys should make the slow mo part of the ad a repeatable background gif

  29. someone 👀

    someone 👀7 วันที่ผ่านมา

    is tough to watch .... he literally had one "big" crash ... but ok

  30. Bruno Piraina

    Bruno Piraina7 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Dont watch this vid. Shockig commercial few minutes in

  31. Poppof

    Poppof7 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I feel sorry for jarno opmeer probably one of the best esports racer but didn't get any sponsors to get through

  32. lol shit

    lol shit4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    He was part of the Renault Academy but got dropped due to bad results

  33. Poppof

    Poppof7 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I weirdly didn't mind that 60s add 😂

  34. billy fitzgerald

    billy fitzgerald8 วันที่ผ่านมา

    "24 hours of Lemons" lmao thats great

  35. Felix

    Felix8 วันที่ผ่านมา

    what about when a 17 year old verstappen raced in formula 1? was it not allowed then either???

  36. Silasher's gaming

    Silasher's gaming9 วันที่ผ่านมา

    My cart only goes to 95 kmp

  37. Dominiu

    Dominiu9 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Well no, but actually yes

  38. philip hansen

    philip hansen9 วันที่ผ่านมา

    forgetting lance stroll

  39. Allen Jay

    Allen Jay9 วันที่ผ่านมา

    now that i know how unlucky (kinda) iam from the day i was born. im starting to question my existance.

  40. Boeing 747-8

    Boeing 747-89 วันที่ผ่านมา

    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...

  41. lol shit

    lol shit4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Schumacher's father was a bricklayer, don't know where you got that info that he owned a race track.

  42. ShaggyJake

    ShaggyJake9 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Can we get one of these videos about IMSA?

  43. Joshua Solomon

    Joshua Solomon10 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Shoutout sylvesters

  44. Dank Memes

    Dank Memes10 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Lance strolls daddies cash 2.0

  45. hexzana

    hexzana10 วันที่ผ่านมา

    " you need to be 18 years old for f1" Max Verstappen: are you sure about that?

  46. Im Batman I really am

    Im Batman I really am7 วันที่ผ่านมา

    They made the 18+ year rule after Max

  47. I love Budgies

    I love Budgies10 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Forget about F1, That was the saddest sponsor in the world

  48. blackniksxD

    blackniksxD11 วันที่ผ่านมา

    dude just for that ad for zebra you got my like

  49. Rizal Pambudi

    Rizal Pambudi11 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I tried reading book at the other day, and I almost die Hahaha

  50. SamuraiWolf

    SamuraiWolf11 วันที่ผ่านมา

    *its not a sport*

  51. GregH25

    GregH2511 วันที่ผ่านมา

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

  52. SprxtGaming

    SprxtGaming9 วันที่ผ่านมา

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

  53. vadimyakus

    vadimyakus12 วันที่ผ่านมา

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

  54. Bayshore Boys

    Bayshore Boys12 วันที่ผ่านมา

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

  55. Bokeh13

    Bokeh1314 วันที่ผ่านมา

    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.

  56. Alexer Gaming

    Alexer Gaming15 วันที่ผ่านมา


  57. G M

    G M15 วันที่ผ่านมา

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

  58. K B

    K B16 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Oh well this tells me I can't do f1 unless I get a millionaire friend

  59. K B

    K B16 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Oh man I thought I could just do more go-carting and winning by three laps

  60. Angelo Isaac Siervo

    Angelo Isaac Siervo17 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Just came here to watch again the ad

  61. 2dany5

    2dany517 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Controversial: Best drivers in the world are in the WRC and not in F1 (especially in this days).

  62. Carlos P

    Carlos P18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    The scandalous loan presumably confess because polish epidemiologically blush behind a outstanding shock. sleepy, sneaky flower

  63. A Parker

    A Parker18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Why would his dad do that do his kid

  64. Yash Gulave

    Yash Gulave19 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Wow! And people in India think cricket is an expensive sport for their kids... 😂😂

  65. Not Aaryan Rath

    Not Aaryan Rath19 วันที่ผ่านมา

    "racing in lemons" lol

  66. Enrique Guinto

    Enrique Guinto19 วันที่ผ่านมา

    So your saying that a rich kid bought his way into f1 and not skill?

  67. Enrique Guinto

    Enrique Guinto18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    @Saddam Hussein correct

  68. Saddam Hussein

    Saddam Hussein18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Thats f1 in a nutshell

  69. Даниил Степанов

    Даниил Степанов19 วันที่ผ่านมา

    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?

  70. Crip

    Crip10 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Херню несёшь

  71. Σπύρος Πολυχρόνης

    Σπύρος Πολυχρόνης19 วันที่ผ่านมา

    But Schumacher wasn't a rich kid. He had sponsors

  72. Colin Ziemer

    Colin Ziemer20 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Skip Shifter Karts and go Formula Vee.

  73. Mike Kydd

    Mike Kydd20 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Can you buy your way in? Followed immediately by a sponsor ad

  74. zapx33

    zapx3321 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Let's get superGT in F1

  75. sochyvonn nora

    sochyvonn nora21 วันที่ผ่านมา

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

  76. OtterJoocePlays

    OtterJoocePlays21 วันที่ผ่านมา

    how is his situation any different to Lance Stroll???

  77. Erica Murphy

    Erica Murphy22 วันที่ผ่านมา

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

  78. Carlos Mayorca

    Carlos Mayorca22 วันที่ผ่านมา

    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

  79. Kneeler Nitts

    Kneeler Nitts22 วันที่ผ่านมา

    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

  80. Lootter

    Lootter23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Be atleast 18 years old Max verstappen: so anyways...

  81. Omar Al kayal

    Omar Al kayal23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    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

  82. Shiven Gupta

    Shiven Gupta23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    It's le mans

  83. Shiven Gupta

    Shiven Gupta23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    It has always been the same even niki lauda was a pay driver yet he was a legend

  84. FluX Nugget

    FluX Nugget23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Well this murdered my dreams…

  85. Jack tresolini

    Jack tresolini23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    if i were to buy my way into f1, how much would it cost in total????

  86. Chat Bar

    Chat Bar23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    damn dream crushing

  87. FinnFasty

    FinnFasty24 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Actually max was 3 when he began at karting he had a mini kart but there was no one else in his competition😂😂

  88. mandude03 Videos

    mandude03 Videos25 วันที่ผ่านมา

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

  89. Даниил Степанов

    Даниил Степанов10 วันที่ผ่านมา

    "Thanks for coming on my TEDtalk". =D

  90. Negative Zero

    Negative Zero25 วันที่ผ่านมา

    yall some haters

  91. Sebastián Aparicio

    Sebastián Aparicio23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    ???? Hahaha

  92. Oscar Sequen

    Oscar Sequen25 วันที่ผ่านมา

    who else thinks the stocky ugly af its so squished and ugly

  93. Leas Hau

    Leas Hau25 วันที่ผ่านมา

    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!

  94. Zerg

    Zerg26 วันที่ผ่านมา

    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?

  95. bobo2186

    bobo218626 วันที่ผ่านมา

    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.

  96. Marcello Pasini

    Marcello Pasini26 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Part of the game!

  97. Aleksi Vääräjärvi

    Aleksi Vääräjärvi26 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Michael Schumacher 7 time world champion and uou said he was paydriver i mean what the fuck

  98. Metrofilmer88

    Metrofilmer8824 วันที่ผ่านมา

    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.

  99. David Power

    David Power27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Available for 30 days...or like 1 :(

  100. Leonardo Andrade

    Leonardo Andrade27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    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.

  101. Jiggy

    Jiggy27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    5:30 it's Super License points, not championship points

  102. Gerald Leuven

    Gerald Leuven27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    flagged for promoting terrorism

  103. Gerald Leuven

    Gerald Leuven27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Stop with these stupid adds there are political THnickrs that can't even make money bec of censorship. Stop being greedy.

  104. JT Shenpai

    JT Shenpai27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Didn't Verstappen start racing in F1 as a 17 year old tho?

  105. Metrofilmer88

    Metrofilmer8824 วันที่ผ่านมา

    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

  106. Shlok Shukla

    Shlok Shukla27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    dang it...from my estimate probably my grandson can make it to f1

  107. hazlewood01

    hazlewood0127 วันที่ผ่านมา

    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.

  108. Bruener BHammer

    Bruener BHammer27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    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

  109. Manuel Forero

    Manuel Forero27 วันที่ผ่านมา


  110. Alec Brown

    Alec Brown27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    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

  111. Nigel Bagguley

    Nigel Bagguley27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    At which particular time since 1950 has F1 not been for sale?

  112. Jack Condra

    Jack Condra27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    What is the song at 10:00?

  113. Laith M

    Laith M28 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Step 1: Become a Stroll

  114. Xzxmemoxzx

    Xzxmemoxzx28 วันที่ผ่านมา

    This host is wayyy too cringe

  115. Remkye Henriquez

    Remkye Henriquez28 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Forgot to mention lance stroll, but he at least has skills

  116. 17AN

    17AN28 วันที่ผ่านมา

    That racing sim is 5k? Tf


    IAM FROM THE NETHERLANDS28 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Dude nobody drives anything at 3 years old don’t overreact