Ecclestone: Three-car teams a possibility

We all guffawed when Adam Parr tweeted his commentary about the end of Formula 1 as we know with three-car teams returning to the series for 2015. Many chalked this up to Adam being cheeky but F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has told the press that this very well could be a reality:

“It’s always been on the cards that if we lose up to three teams then the other teams will run three cars,” he said.

“I think we should do it anyway.

“I would rather see Ferrari with three cars, or any of the other top teams with three cars, than having teams that are struggling.”

Would it really come to this?

“We’ll know after the next two or three races,” he said.

“I’ve been around – most people say too long – but long enough to know there are always people at the back of the grid.

“The trouble with teams – which is all normal – they think of themselves short term.

“You ask about next year, but they’re worried about the next race, which is the problem.”

It’s easy to see where Adam may have gotten his inspiration. A simple conversation with Ecclestone may have led to the notion that IF two or three teams do leave (Marussia, Caterham, Sauber), something will have to be done to prop up the grid. Adam may have felt that the likelihood of these teams remaining in F1 is slim so hence his Tweet.

Claire Williams may feel that three-car teams aren’t in the DNA of F1 but in fact, they have been used before in the “old days”. There is a precedent for it, however clouded it may be, and losing three teams would be an impact on the grid.

Losing two teams could be a reality but Haas F1 is coming in 2016 and perhaps Mr. Stroll will secure Sauber’s future and we won’t need to make any dramatic changes. If we do, how would you feel about three-car teams? If all the team didn’t run three cars, then there is a points issue. If they did run three, then there is a cost issue…for some.


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