i think it's better to limit our discussion to recent F1 pilots, cause if we go back to 60s and 70s , well back then the whole philosophy of F1 drivers and sponsors was different. Drivers back then didn't have to start from age 3 or 4 to become f1 driver.
one of the reasons why current drivers need good monetary connection before 10 years of age is how many different categories they have to endeavor. equipment and participation costs are going up each year. soon we'll have the era when parents need to earn a minimum of 250.000 $ each year to even begin thinking about making their child a race car driver.
back to topic, of the current ferrari lineup
1. kimi raikkonen - Matti Räikkönen is a machineman who is a mechanic with skillful fingers. Paula is a secretary, a woman of action.
2. Fernando alonso - His mother worked in a department store and his father was employed as a mechanic in an explosives factory near Oviedo
here's a part of interview with kimi's mother Paula and father Matti
"When the boys (kimi's brother Rami is a professional Rally driver in finland) started to drive national races – Kimi was eight -
we had to get a van and a trailor so that we could get to the races,"
"It took all the time, money and strength," she calmly says.
Matti worked two or three jobs, drove taxi and was a doorman.
Sometimes they had to decide whether to continue the boy’s driving
business or make an indoor toilet. They didn’t and the boys got to
"Once we came all the way from Belgium to Finland with only a Shell
credit card. Fortunately the family stuck together!" Matti tells.
about alonso, a rough translation in Bing ...
Their projection was brilliant, from city to city and from circuit to circuit, with an old Peugeot his father, driving while the other competitors arrived in Mercedes or BMW. His father was of mechanical and counselor. In 1989 was proclaimed champion of karting of Asturias and Galicia. The following year he should compete because in the Cadet category, rather than for the modest family became prohibitive: «I bought him a go-kart at first hand and it should take care of it until the age of eighteen. We had to begin to compete in Europe and I had no money to deal with so many expenses,"has confessed to his father. When they had already decided to withdraw to the desperation of the lad of eleven years, arose the «miracle». Appeared Genis marked, importer of karts that infatuated qualities of lad, to the extent that it premiered a kart in each race and scored got you sponsors for trips or putting himself money from your pocket.
Edited by eronrules, 11 September 2013 - 15:05.