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The New Era of Pay Drivers!

The one real thing that happened in the 90s was that the entry of manufacturers insanely hiked the budgets of various teams. But with the likes of Mercedes, BMW, Honda, Toyota, Renault, and Ford all either starting teams or closely aligning with constructors, the likes of Jordan, Sauber, and Minardi are the last set of independent teams. Williams, after a bad marriage with BMW which finally ended in 2005, was at one stage the only independent team in the grid. With the global financial downturn, big names like BMW, Honda, and Toyota have all left the sport. Renault only exists in its name, while teams like Red Bull, Toro Rosso, and Force India are financed by billionaire entrepreneurs. Also, the FIA had such a dicey selection process where ...

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