“So if somebody is good and has got the financial backing, for sure, he has got a better chance than somebody who is equally good but has no financial backer.
"Why would you choose that one with no financial backing?”
Commenting on several drivers currently on the grid, Steiner pointed out some of the biggest talents could also be categorised as 'pay drivers'.
“If they come with results it is good," said Steiner. "I always go back to this, that there are these pay drivers coming.
"There are a lot of drivers that get into F1 thanks to financial backing. There are very good drivers in F1 which, in the beginning, brought a sponsor.
“The first one to call is Checo [Perez]. Checo came into F1 and everyone said ‘He’s a pay driver’. Look at him now.
“George Russell, for me, is one of the best drivers. Without the help of Mercedes, he would not be anywhere. There is a lot of them there.
“Lance Stroll, he was on the podium [last season]. If they are good in F2 and they have a sponsor, that’s a perfect solution."
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