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Inside Line: The road to Formula 1 only for rich kids

How much money does it take to get a young driver from karting, through the junior categories, to knocking on the door of a Formula 1 team? It is a question faced by many fathers who dream of taking their karting sons to the pinnacle of the sport. For the sake of this piece, let’s create a fictitious young race driver and let's call him Johnny Speed, a 14-year-old racer who happens to be a prodigious talent. Already he would have completed five or six successful years of junior karting with a couple of national or regional titles under his belt and is now ready to embark on the world of car racing. Keep in mind that the four or five years of karting, before he hit his teens, would have...
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