mauro=beast wrote:italian open wheel racing is in big slump from drivers to our teams.....to many kids are wanting to get into motocycle and touring car racing in italy those are most popular these days and not so much open wheel anymore. its to expensive
True, I've heard it costs hundreds of thousands, maybe millions in sponsorship for a driver to make it.
it is very expensive
even all the way to formula 1 many of those drivers are only there bcause they had the sponsors to get them there. petrov, maldonado, senna, karthikeyan, and so many more got lucky for being average drivers. and even the best drivers, they got their break because someone with money helped them and sponsor like hamilton, button, vettel, webber etc etc...it doesnt mean they are bad, these guys among the best in the world but the money is what helped them continue with their career. without it maybe they would be in a different class like touring cars. they say that to be able to compete in the lower renault formulas you need funding of 300,000 every year, some people need funding of almost a million for just one year...this is crazy man...many families sell their homes just to fund their children to race....this is why open wheel racing is not popular anymore at least as a sport for young people...as spectator sport it will always be popular but as long as kids can racing motocycles and other classes for very little compared to open wheel....is easy choice...
motocycle classes is a lot cheaper and although you need funds to make it to the top in motogp or wsbk, you can still make a living out without someone funding you. british superbikes is brilliance example of this, probably the third most supported competition in the world and many of the guys work the hard way up the ranks to get there