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 MediaPřed měsícem

    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 nagPřed 5 dny

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

  3. Shiven Gupta

    Shiven GuptaPřed 24 dny

    No research fc th

  4. Daniel

    DanielPřed 25 dny

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

  5. BigFire

    BigFirePřed měsícem

    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 AjibawoPřed měsícem

    @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

  7. Penguinboy

    PenguinboyPřed hodinou

    “To drive f1 you need to be 18 years old” Max starting at 17: 👁👄👁

  8. Jezza 555

    Jezza 555Před 4 hodinami

    You don’t have to be 18 to drive in f1, max verstappen was 17 when he made his debut

  9. migidymarsh

    migidymarshPřed 10 hodinami

    Ever heard any stories about a driver screwing up in some way on the track because he was wizzing in his pants?


    CRAZYCRAZYMAN75Před 19 hodinami

    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

  11. Strohut81

    Strohut81Před 20 hodinami

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

  12. IKiDD RAFZzI

    IKiDD RAFZzIPřed dnem

    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.

  13. ii- Sleepless

    ii- SleeplessPřed 2 dny

    Why is the Zebra ad so depressing

  14. Canadian Bacon

    Canadian BaconPřed 2 dny

    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.

  15. dad comeback

    dad comebackPřed 2 dny

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

  16. Tony Tortellini

    Tony TortelliniPřed 2 dny

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

  17. Psi King

    Psi KingPřed 2 dny

    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 : /

  18. Luke

    LukePřed 2 dny

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

  19. Samuel

    SamuelPřed 3 dny

    Did not knew there was a 24 hour lemons race bruh

  20. Yoshiuki __

    Yoshiuki __Před 3 dny

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

  21. ryan lewis

    ryan lewisPřed 4 dny

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

  22. Robin L

    Robin LPřed 4 dny

    24hrs of lemons?

  23. Francisco Martínez

    Francisco MartínezPřed 4 dny

    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.

  24. prodbyphoenix

    prodbyphoenixPřed 5 dny

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

  25. Mitchell Webb

    Mitchell WebbPřed 5 dny

    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.

  26. MCBritta

    MCBrittaPřed 5 dny

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

  27. fuck it

    fuck itPřed 3 dny


  28. Dream

    DreamPřed 6 dny

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

  29. P C

    P CPřed 7 dny

    Donut Media did you ever heard of sponsors?

  30. Herakles Eros

    Herakles ErosPřed 7 dny

    Who’s the poorest F1 driver?

  31. ChrisAce117

    ChrisAce117Před 7 dny

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

  32. someone 👀

    someone 👀Před 7 dny

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

  33. Bruno Piraina

    Bruno PirainaPřed 8 dny

    Dont watch this vid. Shockig commercial few minutes in

  34. Poppof

    PoppofPřed 8 dny

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

  35. lol shit

    lol shitPřed 5 dny

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

  36. Poppof

    PoppofPřed 8 dny

    I weirdly didn't mind that 60s add 😂

  37. billy fitzgerald

    billy fitzgeraldPřed 8 dny

    "24 hours of Lemons" lmao thats great

  38. Felix

    FelixPřed 9 dny

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

  39. Silasher's gaming

    Silasher's gamingPřed 9 dny

    My cart only goes to 95 kmp

  40. Dominiu

    DominiuPřed 9 dny

    Well no, but actually yes

  41. philip hansen

    philip hansenPřed 10 dny

    forgetting lance stroll

  42. Allen Jay

    Allen JayPřed 10 dny

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

  43. Boeing 747-8

    Boeing 747-8Před 10 dny

    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...

  44. lol shit

    lol shitPřed 5 dny

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

  45. ShaggyJake

    ShaggyJakePřed 10 dny

    Can we get one of these videos about IMSA?

  46. Joshua Solomon

    Joshua SolomonPřed 10 dny

    Shoutout sylvesters

  47. Dank Memes

    Dank MemesPřed 10 dny

    Lance strolls daddies cash 2.0

  48. hexzana

    hexzanaPřed 11 dny

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

  49. Im Batman I really am

    Im Batman I really amPřed 8 dny

    They made the 18+ year rule after Max

  50. I love Budgies

    I love BudgiesPřed 11 dny

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

  51. blackniksxD

    blackniksxDPřed 11 dny

    dude just for that ad for zebra you got my like

  52. Rizal Pambudi

    Rizal PambudiPřed 11 dny

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

  53. SamuraiWolf

    SamuraiWolfPřed 12 dny

    *its not a sport*

  54. GregH25

    GregH25Před 12 dny

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

  55. SprxtGaming

    SprxtGamingPřed 10 dny

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

  56. vadimyakus

    vadimyakusPřed 13 dny

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

  57. Bayshore Boys

    Bayshore BoysPřed 13 dny

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

  58. Bokeh13

    Bokeh13Před 15 dny

    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.

  59. Alexer Gaming

    Alexer GamingPřed 16 dny


  60. G M

    G MPřed 16 dny

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

  61. K B

    K BPřed 17 dny

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

  62. K B

    K BPřed 17 dny

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

  63. Angelo Isaac Siervo

    Angelo Isaac SiervoPřed 18 dny

    Just came here to watch again the ad

  64. 2dany5

    2dany5Před 18 dny

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

  65. Carlos P

    Carlos PPřed 19 dny

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

  66. A Parker

    A ParkerPřed 19 dny

    Why would his dad do that do his kid

  67. Yash Gulave

    Yash GulavePřed 19 dny

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

  68. Not Aaryan Rath

    Not Aaryan RathPřed 19 dny

    "racing in lemons" lol

  69. Enrique Guinto

    Enrique GuintoPřed 20 dny

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

  70. Enrique Guinto

    Enrique GuintoPřed 19 dny

    @Saddam Hussein correct

  71. Saddam Hussein

    Saddam HusseinPřed 19 dny

    Thats f1 in a nutshell

  72. Даниил Степанов

    Даниил СтепановPřed 20 dny

    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?

  73. Crip

    CripPřed 11 dny

    Херню несёшь

  74. Σπύρος Πολυχρόνης

    Σπύρος ΠολυχρόνηςPřed 20 dny

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

  75. Colin Ziemer

    Colin ZiemerPřed 20 dny

    Skip Shifter Karts and go Formula Vee.

  76. Mike Kydd

    Mike KyddPřed 20 dny

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

  77. zapx33

    zapx33Před 21 dnem

    Let's get superGT in F1

  78. sochyvonn nora

    sochyvonn noraPřed 22 dny

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

  79. OtterJoocePlays

    OtterJoocePlaysPřed 22 dny

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

  80. Erica Murphy

    Erica MurphyPřed 22 dny

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

  81. Carlos Mayorca

    Carlos MayorcaPřed 23 dny

    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

  82. Kneeler Nitts

    Kneeler NittsPřed 23 dny

    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

  83. Lootter

    LootterPřed 24 dny

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

  84. Omar Al kayal

    Omar Al kayalPřed 24 dny

    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

  85. Shiven Gupta

    Shiven GuptaPřed 24 dny

    It's le mans

  86. Shiven Gupta

    Shiven GuptaPřed 24 dny

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

  87. FluX Nugget

    FluX NuggetPřed 24 dny

    Well this murdered my dreams…

  88. Jack tresolini

    Jack tresoliniPřed 24 dny

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

  89. Chat Bar

    Chat BarPřed 24 dny

    damn dream crushing

  90. FinnFasty

    FinnFastyPřed 24 dny

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

  91. mandude03 Videos

    mandude03 VideosPřed 25 dny

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

  92. Даниил Степанов

    Даниил СтепановPřed 11 dny

    "Thanks for coming on my TEDtalk". =D

  93. Negative Zero

    Negative ZeroPřed 25 dny

    yall some haters

  94. Sebastián Aparicio

    Sebastián AparicioPřed 23 dny

    ???? Hahaha

  95. Oscar Sequen

    Oscar SequenPřed 26 dny

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

  96. Leas Hau

    Leas HauPřed 26 dny

    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!

  97. Zerg

    ZergPřed 27 dny

    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?

  98. bobo2186

    bobo2186Před 27 dny

    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.

  99. Marcello Pasini

    Marcello PasiniPřed 27 dny

    Part of the game!

  100. Aleksi Vääräjärvi

    Aleksi VääräjärviPřed 27 dny

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

  101. Metrofilmer88

    Metrofilmer88Před 25 dny

    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.

  102. David Power

    David PowerPřed 27 dny

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

  103. Leonardo Andrade

    Leonardo AndradePřed 27 dny

    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.

  104. Jiggy

    JiggyPřed 27 dny

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

  105. Gerald Leuven

    Gerald LeuvenPřed 27 dny

    flagged for promoting terrorism

  106. Gerald Leuven

    Gerald LeuvenPřed 27 dny

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

  107. JT Shenpai

    JT ShenpaiPřed 27 dny

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

  108. Metrofilmer88

    Metrofilmer88Před 25 dny

    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

  109. Shlok Shukla

    Shlok ShuklaPřed 27 dny

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

  110. hazlewood01

    hazlewood01Před 27 dny

    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.

  111. Bruener BHammer

    Bruener BHammerPřed 27 dny

    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

  112. Manuel Forero

    Manuel ForeroPřed 28 dny


  113. Alec Brown

    Alec BrownPřed 28 dny

    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

  114. Nigel Bagguley

    Nigel BagguleyPřed 28 dny

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

  115. Jack Condra

    Jack CondraPřed 28 dny

    What is the song at 10:00?

  116. Laith M

    Laith MPřed 28 dny

    Step 1: Become a Stroll

  117. Xzxmemoxzx

    XzxmemoxzxPřed 29 dny

    This host is wayyy too cringe