Ok, by that logic, Ferrari have a pay driver (Alonso), and so do McLaren. Just because a driver can bring sponsorship does not make them a pay-driver!!!
ermmmm no because Mr Alonso, Mr Hamilton and Mr Button are all paid a wage to drive for their teams and the sponsors pay them to be associated with them and pay the team to be associated with them. Mr Senna and Mr Maldonado have big companies behind them who say to Williams (or whoever) that they'd be happy to fund their F1 team as long as their driver was at the wheel to which the team says thats fine but we're not bloomin paying them you are.
To qualify for an FIA Super Licence the requesting driver must already be the holder of a Grade A competition licence, and additionally meet the requirements of the FIA International Sporting Code, Appendix L. These requirements state that the driver must be either the reigning champion in a lower category of motor sport, for example Formula 3 (British, Italian or Japanese championship, or Euroseries), Formula 2, or GP2 Series (formerly known as Formula 3000), or must have consistently finished well in these categories.
Which of the driver's who raced on the 2011 grid would people consider pay drivers?