I was reading some comments from FIA race director Charlie Whiting today regarding the concept of teams running third cars and I understand his concerns, the concerns of the teams and the reasons some team would want to.
The interesting part of the article for me was his comment about partnerships within F1 such as Haas F1 and Ferrari.
“Getting new teams, as we know, is tantamount to impossible at the moment,” Whiting said.
“But that’s something that we’re hoping will improve, of course, if everything works out as planned, with the revenue distribution and the cost cap.
“The car will hopefully be regulated where the non-performance parts are standard or prescribed, and the performance differentiating parts are team only, where you can’t get them from everybody else.
“A lot of the stuff that Haas currently buys from Ferrari will be prescribed or standard.
“However the suspension, brake ducts, air ducts, all of those are currently non-listed, so they are allowed to buy those, and there is huge performance in them.”
It’s an interesting thought on a few fronts to be honest. One, the concept of it being nearly impossible to get new teams interested in joining F1 at the moment. I understand few would want to enter on the heels of an engine regulation and the sooner they can cement the future path, the better.
It is also interesting to hear him say he is hopeful for the new revenue distribution model and cost cap. Those aren’t topics that have been fully exposed in the press about what the FIA and F1 are thinking in terms of new distribution models but with no new teams entering and the threat of reducing the amount of money the team make from F1, you might assume that the teams have the negotiating leverage in this discussion.
The non-listed parts program is an interesting one and the FIA says they have closed the loop hole on this but it does make you wonder if it is one of the last compelling elements that would lure a new team into the sport.
Hat Tip: Autosport