I don't see a question in your quoted post.
If talent were the paramount factor, teams would choose the most talent available regardless of what budget they bring. Lots of teams can afford to do what they need to for a season, but choose a driver who can bring extra cash ON TOP of that. That means they can afford a driver with better racing results, but choose to go another route.
the question was in the post Johnston was responding to (he just edited it out) and had been repeated earlier. I can't get a straight answer for some reason despite the fact that I answer all the questions directed at me.
In response to your post above, we seem to be going around in circles. And it's nonsense to suggest teams would bring people in regardless of budget. Where are the funds magically going to appear from? Everything has a value and everybody has a maximum. The money has to come from somewhere. You can't just hire someone and say "hang the cost"
If money was the primary factor then why don't the smaller teams scour the local Who's Who or the latest Oligarch's directory to see who might be available and then find out whether they can drive? Instead of looking at drivers first and then determining which ones they can afford? It's because they want drivers who can perform on the race track, that's why. That's why all the GP2 contenders for seats this year are all race winners - there are none of the also rans. Money IS important but means nothing if they can't drive.
And, as I keep pointing out, all this digresses from the original point which is your claim that racing is not a primary element of the racing drivers' job. Neither you nor Johnston seem to be able to back this up and every time I ask the question I get more waffle on hiring practices.
I don't see the question even in the bits I edited out.
As for why don't they scour the who's who. You are forgetting of course that the driver needs to be eligible for a super licence.
As for the GP2 and none of the also rans, they are also not the championship leaders.
As for waffle, we have backed it up, I could go back to Pedro Diniz who got his seat because he brought enough funding for D Hills wages. To Kamui who got a drive because he was associated with Toyota. To Vernge being picked because he had links to Red Bull over Wickens who beat him.
Or to go to extremes Schui is a classic example. He only got his Debut because Peter Sauber paid, without that money he wouldn't have gotten the seat. Flavio didn't want him at Benetton. He only got the seat there because of Bernie. Now surely if driving is the paramount thing schui would have been straight into a race seat and flavio wouldn't have needed Bernie to twist his arm?
Surely if driving was paramount the skills of a future 7 x WDC should have been enough to get him into F1 without needing cash the the ring masters influence?