F1 » Verstappen backs third car idea

Jos Verstappen backs calls for top F1 teams to run three cars

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Ruben - Unregistered

January 05, 2011 11:46 AM

I support the call for a 3rd car but not as part of the race itself.

Instead of having 2 Friday practice sessions of 90 minutes shorten both to an hour. That way the third driver can use the remaining 60 minutes to put in some laps himself. You have 3 practice sessions on Friday but the third is only allowed for the test driver. The third car is allowed 4 engines for the entire season. They can gain experience on the track itself instead of a simulator.

If a driver crashes while he's driving to the grid (Di Grassi in Japan) he can use the test drivers car as a T-car but he will have to start at the back for using an other chassis. The engine used in the crashed car is completly banned because he replaced it with one of the test drivers. That way you always have a full grid to start the race instead of having someone of the new teams not compete.

Call me Mr Cynical - Unregistered

January 05, 2011 1:31 PM

I just don't understand F1, or at least how it's being run.

The teams in F1 should be part of a natural process, ie if they don't balance the books then they leave or close, you will or should always have other teams to take over those vacant slots?

Unfortunately what seems to be happenning is that it's run like a Franchise not a sport, the current owners don't want to see new teams as they can take points and dilute the monetary fund available to the teams.

What surprised me most was Williams reaction to Virgin/Lotus/HRT especially when you remember when he started he begged, stole or borrowed to make the grid.

No 3rd cars

KGBVD - Unregistered

January 05, 2011 5:04 PM

This sport used to have 4-5 car teams, so there's no historical argument against it. WRC has 2-plus car teams a while back, but with only a two cars (nominated by the team) eligible to score constructors points. That's the way to go.

With 3 car teams you will get rid of slow drivers in fast teams like Massa and Button, as they will constantly be shown up by the 3rd drivers.

F1 would benefit. No one wins from having Kobayashi or Kubica in slow cars. Wouldn't it be better having them in 3rd Ferraris and RedBulls fighting for wins, rather than having them wait for one of the top guys to retire before getting a top-team chance?

JOHN - Unregistered

January 05, 2011 8:11 PM

What about 'the no's to the left - the ayes to the right' !!!!!!! Having a third car only gives the top teams like Ferrari even more power and creates even more inequality and unfairness between top and bottom teams.


January 05, 2011 11:31 PM

I can see the force of both sides of the argument. My concern is that the more cars you permit a team to run, the more F1 will develop into a teams race rather than all out one on one racing.


January 06, 2011 9:40 AM

The problem I see with top teams having third cars but with only two nominated to score constructors points is they could use them as expendable blockers to rival teams. The situation would rarely if ever arise in rallying where drivers race on time delay rather than on track at the same time.

And of course, you could have 10 Ferraris out there, and Ferrari would make sure their favourite 'won' - it wouldnt let the 3rd driver race, but to be a placemarker for Alonso. (Not saying other teams wouldnt do the same, Ferrari is just the main culprit!).

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