F1 » Williams wants to retain 'traditional' 13 teams.

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stream - Unregistered

October 04, 2009 10:15 AM

I agree with CeeJay that f1 should have multiple teams and only the fastest 26cars should go into the race from quilifying. and maybe even less for Monaco because I think a small street track would become a little chaotic with 28 cars.

But its good to have alot of teams. I'm not a fan of 16 car grids which it almost become in the mid 2000s if it wasn't for the redbull company


October 05, 2009 9:04 AM

Frank Williams seems to be opposing anything and everything at the moment. I think Sauber will be on the grid next year anyway as I don't think all of the teams we currently have enetered for 2010 will actually make it. But it's a bit churlish of Williams to veto their automatic entry - he could be causing a lot of people to lose their jobs. Nice guy.

Alan D - Unregistered

October 05, 2009 11:52 AM

There are three commercial problems with more teams.

The first is that it means more teams scrabbling for sponsors. At the moment there are just not enough sponsors to go around. Brawn was getting all the TV coverage you could ask for and still no sponsors. So with more teams sponsors will start offering less to Williams etc.

More teams means less TV-time for each car, especially if you are a mid-pack or lower team like Williams so again sponsors will offer less.

If you only let the top 26 cars run then sponsors are going to start saying they'll only pay for races where their car gets into the race. That will make it even harder for a team like Williams to plan its budget.

Mark _

October 05, 2009 8:53 PM

Back when there were "traditionally" 13 teams only the top 6 scored points. Now that the top 8 score there is room for more teams.

Obviously Williams would like to get rid of BMW as they are their main competition at the moment. With more teams Williams will have a better chance of getting out of Q1 as the cut off will be at 19th not 18th.

Alan D - Unregistered

October 05, 2009 10:41 PM

Mark, good point, and with more cars on track in Q1 it will be harder to find a clear spot for a fast lap so more unpredictable results and more chance of slower cars getting through Q1.

On the other hand, what effect does 26 teams have on prize money? More cars to mop up points? I believe that a new team doesn't get any prize money out of Bernie for the first two years so he'd love it if new teams get a lot of points. Come to that, does Brawn count as a new team as far as Bernie's payments are concerned?

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