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Force India boss bemoans 'pay drivers'

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Force India team boss Vijay Mallya claims he will never pick a driver to race for his team because of the amount of sponsorship money they can bring and insists he will always choose based on talent.

The issue of so-called 'pay drivers' remains one of the hottest topics in F1 as some struggle financially and are forced to choose drivers who aren't necessarily the most talented but who bring in the most sponsorship money.

This issue has been particularly true for Nico Hulkenberg who does not have financial backing and is currently driving for his third team. It is also the reason that talented drivers such as Timo Glock and Heikki Kovalainen were forced out of the smaller teams at the back of the grid and why Rubens Barrichello was forced out at Williams after 2011.

Though his drivers do bring some financial backing, Mallya believes it is wrong to consider money when choosing a driver.

"It sends a very wrong signal to the team to take pay drivers - I always consult my engineers and the technical director on the selection of drivers," he is quoted by AFP news agency.

"This was particularly true for 2013 when we had a choice of two and finally we went with Adrian Sutil. That was largely because the key technical people in the team said 'let's go with him."

It is believed that Mallya is referring to the decision to choose Sutil over Ferrari-backed Frenchman Jules Bianchi.

He added: "I did not want them to feel that all the efforts in producing a competitive car were going to be compromised on track because I had chosen a driver who wasn't the best available.

"I have not gone with pay drivers, I've gone with drivers of talent and that policy will stay."

This weekend, another talented young driver is set to make his weekend debut as James Calado takes part in Friday morning practice.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Calado says he is keen to take advantage of this opportunity as Force India reserve: "It's my only chance, probably, to show what I can do and hopefully be in line for a race seat in 2014," he said.

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