Still underemployed for their past history. While some F1 rejects get good rides and are fast as hell in their new series, are they getting paid anywhere close to what they previously had in F1? Doubt even the likes of Jaime Green, Tom Kristensen, Gabriele Tarquini (anyone not in a top NASCAR/IndyCar seat) are making anywhere close to what even the guys at Toro Rosso or Williams are making. Are they in good seats and okay with where they are? Absolutely (well okay, maybe Jaime Green is rethinking the Merc to Audi move) they are. They are just not in F1. F1 is where the superstardom comes from. Where the money seems to flow like champagne and everything is happy and great. F1 is where most every driver aspired to be. That is why they are underemployed.
That's absolute nonsense.
Tom Kristensen, is, without shadow of a doubt, making more at Audi (one of the leading car manufacturers in the world) than either Toro Rosso driver is making. As for Williams? Given their driver line up is made up of two pay drivers, it isn't hard to work it out.
Tom K has done better than most in F1 these days. Come on, think about it. There to make up the numbers in the F1 midpack, or 9 wins at Le Mans, one of the most prestigious races in the world? Hmm, tough choice...
As for guys like Green in DTM - well, apparently since BMW re-entered, the cap on salaries Audi and Mercedes had agreed to has been blown out the water, and no longer exists. Why else did Timo Glock leave F1 and Marussia for BMW and the DTM? For a start, as proven already this season, he has a much, much better chance of getting on the podium and regularly scoring points, and secondly, I'd wager he is earning more as a BMW driver now than he did as a Marussia driver. Marussia couldn't afford him, simple as.
Underemployed, what a laugh. I'd love some racing drivers to actually read a comment like that - as I said earlier, they get paid as a professional racing driver. They are doing what they always wanted to do. F1 certainly isn't the be all and end all that you guys make it out to be.
Look at it this way. A lot of youngsters who are starting out in motorsport these days aren't spending long in single seaters, because they realise that not only is it extremely expensive, but even as an incredibly talented driver, you're unlikely to reach F1. That is, unless you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth like Max Chilton, or are backed by your nation's oil company, like Maldonado...
Many youngsters are looking at going down the GT or sports car racing route, or tin top racing route. Yes, they're not in F1, but they have a much better chance at making a living from being a racing driver.
Leave IndyCar as it is, nothing should be an "F1 retirement series." If F1 drivers want to try other forms of motorsport, great, but like I said earlier, the world doesn't, and shouldn't, revolve simply around Formula One.
Most racing drivers don't care about being famous or earning lots of money. That's not why they started racing in the first place.
Edited by JHSingo, 29 August 2013 - 12:35.