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Pay-drivers make 'an absurd situation' - Massa

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Felipe Massa says that the number of pay-drivers in Formula One has left the sport in "an absurd situation".

After Rubens Barrichello was replaced by Bruno Senna at Williams, the issue of pay-drivers has been raised once again. Senna joins Pastor Maldonado at Williams, while HRT is still delaying on its second driver as it looks to bring in further income. A number of other teams also have to use at least one of their drivers as a source of funds, with rumours persisting that Caterham may replace Jarno Trulli with a driver bringing substantial sponsorship.

Massa cut his teeth with Sauber before moving to Ferrari, and he said that he only felt Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes were able to select drivers purely on talent.

"Today, there are only four teams that can afford to operate without drivers that bring money," Massa told Totalrace. "It's an absurd situation and I don't think it's good for F1 and especially the young drivers. Even if you get very good results in the formulas below (F1), you either have to be lucky or have money in order to get a seat. That's not F1."

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