How to buy your way into Formula 1

Avaldati 7 juuni 2021
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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

    • @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

    • @Ruis Gecko the rules where changed after verstappen entered.

    • How did verstappen entered f1, he was 17

    • @RyanRocket Gaming professional means, that you earn money with it.

    • @gordogordito87Ah, the racing itch, I know that one. Get a Logitech Driving Force GT wheel for a few bucks and start racing in raceroom(free base game) or Assetto Corsa Competizione or both. Also get a Wltoys k989. With the manual from Beavers Hobby channel, they run really smooth. There are Apps to measure your time via camera. Also watchout for Rc tracks in your area.

  • Can’t wait to see one of those r32 stockys


  • If that wasn’t the most quiet James ever

  • 30y never driven a car new section Training wheels!!

  • Read about Kimi Raikkonen

  • Brave boy - Russian oligarchs above my pay grade lol. Idk if I’m just noticing but crushed it on the little sound effects. Really good!

  • Other viable options for motorsports participation are Time Trial and Hillclimb. Time Trial you're on actual road courses (not cone-filled parking lots a la autox) and driving for best time, not best position. SCCA, Gridlife, and NASA have very good programs, though NASA has a more complicated power-to-weight classing structure. Ever watch a tarmac stage rally? That's Hillclimb. Risks are higher, but it's still as accessible as TT. If you just want to get on the track with an unprepped car and turn some laps at your own pace at a non-competitive event? SCCAs Track Night in America is your answer. Lastly, side comment: it's funny when people ask me, "Do you win anything?" I tell them you don't get paid to race. You pay. Like financially, it's a net loss, every time. The general public has very little insight into the workings of amateur racing and what's required of amateur drivers.

    • You do not need to complete 300 hours to get a Super License. The 300 hours is for drivers who have already held a Super License.

  • *yes you can buy your way to f1 it's an expensive sport from day one in karting 500k a year till f1 20 million a year having a billionaire father will help alot*

  • Who else keeps coming back to this vid for the Zebra Ad lol

  • It was great to see Mazepin do some defending in Baku, that safety car was right in his mirrors for lap after lap, great job avoiding the overtake there. Also he almost killed his teammate.

  • He's like Lance. But worse. But daddy is rich. So he plays with the best toys. I'd be a liar if I said I wasn't jealous😁

  • well I know that Nikita mazepin won't win a title in any car

  • Max Verstappen started at 17

  • This is actually a reason why Valentino Rossi decided to go with motorbikes, he actually wanted to be an F1 driver but single-seater is just too expensive for his parents to afford

  • Can buy way into U.S. presidency so why not f1......

  • *sees title* *daddys cash immediately starts playing*

  • "Accelerated the discussion of whether he deserves to be in F1." It's a fairly short conversation, Nolan.

  • Juan Pablo Montoya, Tony Stewart, and to a certain degree, Fernando Alonso (has stated he doesn't work out) laughs @ the statement of needing to be 'fit' to be a Pro racing driver.

  • Gotta have massive respect for Hamilton's dad for getting him through all that while being in the working class. Prices were probably lesser back then but salaries were less too and i read somewhere he worked 3 jobs but never gave up on his son's passion for racing.

  • Hamilton was a poor kid washing car to buy a skateboard

  • Everything is on sale now f you have enough money

  • Honestly I never skips their ads 😂😂😂😂😂😂 They advertise on different level all together If you want to grow your brand This are the guys will help you more than marketing manager

  • You do not need to complete 300 hours to get a Super License. The 300 hours is for drivers who have already held a Super License.

  • can the next video be how lewis hamilton became an f1 champion coming from a poor background?

  • I'm 23 is it too late?

  • The thinkable meteorology compellingly admit because enquiry proportionately check inside a guttural H habitual backbone. ill-fated, plain garden

  • Daddy's Cash

  • Nikita Mazepin*

  • But isnt he getting told to go home and go in the Army for year if not he will go to Jail as all males have to do year in Miltary

  • AMAZING - dominate lower tiers n train

  • "Accelerated the discussion of whether he deserves to be in F1." It's a fairly short conversation, Nolan.

  • Boot mazepin

    • Motorsport is a rich people’s sport

  • How did Hamilton get in with his broke family? Soros injection ?

  • How did checo buy his way in ?

  • James deserves higher wages than anyone; he started it no sly comments Mr. Nolan, you got s free car?!?!?

  • Zanardi now is dead :(

  • I was so ready to buy the stockys bundle until i realize they don't ship outside of us :(

  • And here I am with my few cents but so many talents that no one will never buy... life can be unfair.

  • Can you do a video about how less rich people make it to f1? Because I heard danny ric talk about his rise to f1 and it sounded quite alot different to this, like do driver academies sponsor you to compete in f4, f3 etc..

  • 24h of Lemons 😁😁😁 that is awesome 🤣

  • At least daddy Dimitry cares about his son. Like daddy Lawrence to Lance. Also, indeed as shown in the video, in the old days, before the Concorde Agreement and the Super License days, if you're rich enough, you can just buy an F1 car, something like a Maserati 250F or a Ferrari and run as a privateer. You might also saw some royalties racing in the sport, like Prince Bira of Siam, at that time. Now you can't do that since every team that wants to run the world circus has to get their car built by themselves, although you can outsource it (Haas has Dallara making the cars), you still have to throw money to build the car, and cannot just buy one from an existing team.

  • me:i have no experience nascar:ok your in me:but i have no exper nascar: what ever we let in rookies for crashes

  • As a Canadian maybe I'm probably biased, but I think Stroll has progressed beyond just a pay driver. He's a top 10 driver now.

  • You just need to go to a team in financial ruin and have your daddy be rich, tell him to pay them for the seat, and your in

  • Cool beans, but how do you get into WRC? That's what I'd rather be racing in, anyways.

  • Lol, the thumbnail is a Mazepin with Schumacher's car

  • Motorsport is a rich people’s sport

  • How to buy your way into F1: Be the idiot Lance stroll

  • Nolan can you make a video for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup explaining which are the competitive teams, important race dates, freaky facks, etc pls!!!

  • You're doing well with educating Americans on Formula 1; but to say the drivers "pee in their suits" isn't a point you should share the way you did. It came across as a fact that most on the grid do that. It has happened yes; but its more in the case of endurance racing/rally racing, not formula one.

  • F1 has always been for sale !

  • Seems someone has been spying on my dad

  • Spec miata driver here. Climbed my way from Karting

  • Does anyone know were I can get Alex’s t-shirt from. The one with the emporio armanj and bmw logos

  • U-Raal Chem?? Seriously?? Ou-ral Chem!!! damn you muricans. do some research. Ural as in river and mountain range Ural in Russia.

  • i dont need to watch the video, yes you can, and you always could in F1.. this is not a "new" thing.

  • It was more than 50 seconds when he said 48 And as a formula 1 fan I think it is just to say that every second counts.😅 PS IV wasted 10 of them typing this comment🙄

  • go get a Motorcycle

  • Lol I've recently discovered the mazespin website

  • That ad was great

  • So you basically have to be rich to be a formula 1 driver

  • I would love to be an f1 driver

  • You can buy yourself into anything. Because people are stupid.

  • The money needed for F1 is soo wrong, because I bet there's a load of better drivers out there that just don't have the money behind them to get them in to a car !!

  • I start dribing kart 3yrs old now i am 13

  • Ship STOCKY to Canada!!! What gives? :(

  • This sounds exactly like Josh Revell's video.. but iz okie

  • 4:04 I've heard of people who spend 200.000 - 300.000 a year

  • 3:05 you don't have to drive a shifter, best option is move to Italy, drive in the national x30 or Rotax class to gain experience, then move to the OK/OKJ and drive at the WSK and FIA events Become world champion and move into single seaters

  • i love these finance and automotive videos

  • Ill stick to street racing 😏

  • check jimmy broadbent he is a sim racer doing real races now

  • It’s not talent. No one is born a good driver... it’s a SKILL. he is lacking SKILL. Sorry. Pet peeve

  • I am not even gonna watch the video because all this Nikita hate is ridiculous. The simple truth is that Nikita is FAR above what most people think. And although there are definitely some better drivers, there are not many of them.

  • First race of Verstappen, he was 17 years and 3 days !

  • Everything is for sale

  • I started Karting at 7

  • Just goes to show money dominates everything

  • Don't knock pay drivers, Senna was also a pay driver, thanks to his rich father.

    • Difference is that Senna made great impressions in the feeder series, while Mazepin was average

  • Cheer up, James. We love you.

  • Say what you want, but if you actually watch F1 you'd see Maz has actually been doing better the last 2-3 races.

  • This is why F1 is less popular than other sports

  • I like to think in an alternate universe I would be an F1 driver. My dad was considering buying me a go cart around 6 years old but my mom said no. It’s a shame .

  • Money gets you there TALENT keeps you there. It has always been THUS! Moaners about this just know fuck all about F1

  • The advertising is hilarious

  • How could you leave out the Suzuki Forenza and the Coke Freestyle Machine 7:00

  • why was max then 17 yo when he started

    • The rule was changed specifically because of Max.

  • ...

  • it sa little disrespectfull to say ,"they pee in their seats" that happend maybe a couple of times... but its not the standard. they know that they will be racing 2 hrs for now. so they prepare. or do you pee in your seat if you drive longer then 1,5 hrs + ?

  • Do we feel jealous here?? Yes he bought the place ... Like Stroll and MSC junior in part. But a little quiz Who won the most races in GP3 2018 ... 2 in F2, Who was divinely (and overly) aggressive in Spa, which we want from the driver ..

  • About damn time😂

  • Great show!

  • i want to be a f1 driver and I'm eleven

  • A sports magazine has calculated that a child who starts racing go-karts spends an average of 6 million to get to Formula 1. Therefore it is a sport for millionaires, talent has little to do with results.

  • Damon Hill wasn't rich, he used to deliver pizzas to make a living as his father the great Graham Hill didnt have a insurance policy at the time of his death.

    • But he did have connections.

  • Mate the 40 points are super license points not championship points

  • STOCKY!!!!

  • The conmpanies yearly revenue is 100billion Rubel, equal to 1.8 billion USD

  • Mr.donut editor this reloading sounds different it isn't as raw/loud as the previous one but yeah thanks for adding it, I don't know whether Nolan likes or not