Brazilian racing drivers should be more open to other racing series away from F1, that is the claim of Cleyton Pinteiro the head of the Confederacao Brasileira de Automobilismo.
Pinteiro joined other leading Brazilian motor racing figures like Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa in calling for greater support for the nation’s young racers who are climbing up the motorsport ladder.
The South American country has a rich history of producing world class racing drivers from the Piquet’s and Barrichello to Emmerson Fittipaldi and perhaps the greatest ever Ayrton Senna, however currently only Felipe Massa is flying the green and yellow for Brazil and that follows moving down the grid from Ferrari to Williams.
But other young drivers are coming through including Felipe Nasr and Luiz Razia, both have raced in GP2 in recent times but have failed to make that final step up to the top of the mountain.
Some blame can be aimed at the rise of so-called ‘pay drivers’ which, despite the strong rise of the Brazilian economy, has seen those drivers priced off the grid.
Seeing this current trend, Pinteiro now believes the future generation of drivers should consider other racing series and categories which perhaps don’t get the publicity they deserve.
“Today, Brazil is a reference in almost all of the categories worldwide,” he told Globo Esporte.
“We have strong national motor sport, which pays well and gives the drivers a return for their sponsors.
“Luiz Razia and Felipe Nasr are not absent (from F1) because they lack talent. F1 is not always the best option,” Pinteiro argues.
“We have several Brazilians racing in several global categories, which unfortunately is not properly recognised.
“Do a search for who is the current vice-champion of the (German touring car series) DTM. Did you know it is Augusto Farfus?
“A Brazilian won the Indianapolis 500 and another (Brazilian) driver fought for the (2013 Indycar) championship until the very last race,” he added.
“The world of motor sport is not limited to F1,” Pinteiro insisted.
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