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Natural talent shines through - Wolff

ESPN Staff
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Toto Wolff is a financial backer of Valtteri Bottas, but says he has no influence on his future at Williams due to a conflict of interest © Getty Images

Williams' executive director Toto Wolff insists that a driver with natural talent will always make it in Formula One over a pay driver.

With Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna both bringing large amounts of sponsorship to Williams, the team was accused of giving priority to pay drivers, though Maldonado's victory in Spain and Senna's consistency have seen them shake off that tag.

Having recently taken on more responsibilities at Williams with his new executive director role, Wolff - who financially backs the team's highly-rated third driver Valtteri Bottas - admits that money can get a driver a seat in Formula One, but insists there are certain natural abilities that will always take priority.

"Some things can't be learned," Wolff told motorline.cc. "I believe a rich and moderately talented driver can now get into Formula One. But he will never drive the car on the limit like someone who has been noticed since birth.

"It is about perception, intelligence, someone who can see the big picture in the race."