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F1: Ecclestone wants third cars, and fewer teams

Jul 1, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

Formula One commercial supremo Ecclestone walks in the paddock before the Turkish F1 Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit in Istanbul Reuters

The most recent Bernie Ecclestone interview with Gazzetta dello Sport touched on the potential withdrawal of Monza from the Formula One calendar after 2016.

While he’s in the dropping spirit, he’d prefer the bigger teams run third cars and the smaller teams, the ones who have long faced budgetary issues, drop out.

“I’m ready for a Formula 1 with eight teams with three cars each,” he said, with the interview also via Autosport. “Is it better to have a third Ferrari or a Caterham? Ferrari could maybe find new sponsors in the USA and an American driver: fantastic. It is the same for the others.”

Whether Ecclestone’s dreams actually come to fruition remains to be seen.

  1. techmeister1 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    While there are valid reasons for the larger teams having a third car I doubt that will happen any time soon as the smaller legitimate teams like Toro Rosso, Williams and Sauber would be at a disadvantage. A third car designated exclusively for one year to a new rookie might have some merit to allow deserving drivers a shot but then the second year they might be out of a drive as there would be no seats available unless a current F1 driver retired or was replaced. That however would be far better than having three backmarker teams being moving road blocks during the races.

    • coldferrin - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      I agree about you idea for a third car, and what you are saying does make sense but it punishes Marussia a team with no money out when they have been trying to improve and get sponsors. It also brings the barrier for entry to a ridiculously high level.

      • techmeister1 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        I understand your concern but the fact is teams like Marussia do not belong on the F1 grid as they lack the ability in addition to the resources to be competitive, thus they just become backmarkers. F1 is the pinnacle of motorsport and it’s goal is to advance technology. GP2 is where Marussia and the other backmarkers belong. Life isn’t always fair but it is what it is.

      • coldferrin - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        i agree for Caterham but the one point that Marussia got at the Monaco GP will bring the team about 40 million more dollars to do more things with there cars. Thats where a big portion of the teams money comes from.

  2. barrylibby - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Customer cars?

  3. kando53 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Sorry, but I think a third car, especially only for those that can afford it, is idiotic. There are already more than enough issues when it comes to supposed illegal team orders, and a third car would really make it a mess. The additional practice data benefit would also be a serious detriment to smaller teams. Use their heads, and start giving extra practice time, etc., in a handicap form, to teams trailing the points leaders. I think it is time for Bernie to go.

  4. Jeff - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    Like IndyCar.

  5. kitnamania13 - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    I’m sick of this negative talk about backmarkers. They are competing at the highest level of motorsport in the world. They work their tails off. They innovate since they have no hope of succeeding through traditional methods, due to their financial disadvantage. They pour their heart and soul into the sport they love. They’re usually about a second off the midfield in Q1. They should be celebrated for their perseverence and their occasional success, which comes against a pretty stacked deck.

    • worknman24hours - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      Sure makes me smile when the front teams bollocks it up and the ‘back markers’ find themselves near the front.

      Would be a shame to see them go.

      Plus,could you imagine the team orders if each team has two blockers to shield their front running car?

      F1 is getting closer to simply being an advertising show and less about being a racing series every race.

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