F1 » Ecclestone: 10 teams would be best


Bernie Ecclestone won't miss HRT, says he'd like to see just ten teams at the pinnacle of the sport

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tifosi - Unregistered

December 13, 2012 5:38 PM

Bless Bernie...a brain full of thousands of leaping frogs in a small bucket...and he can name them all! That is why he is a self made billionaire, from nothing.

JJJ - Unregistered

December 13, 2012 6:04 PM

Problem with 10 teams is, if one drops out you'll have 9 teams and only 18 cars on the grid and one less and it already becomes really painful with 16 cars...Kind of a sad scene such a skinny grid. Sponsors don't like it.

As a result, all these 10 teams hold leverage over Bernie as I'm sure he's well aware. Wouldn't be the first time one of the teams strongarmed Bernard for a couple mill to tie them over.

He fronts like it's not a problem a all for him when teams go belly up be we know it is...as proved by the presence of these three (now two) shoestring budget teams that have been languishing at the far end of the grid for three years after some of the manufacturers left.

Bernie might as well proclaim he thinks the smoking hot girl next door is lame, but we all know he secretly likes her .

Ali - Unregistered

December 13, 2012 6:22 PM

Marussia are likely to be ahead of Caterham next year as they closed up this year without Kers, an advantage Caterham had, which Marussia will have next year. If they had Renault engines no doubt they'd be ahead.

David Chaste - Unregistered

December 13, 2012 7:32 PM

I had seen a video of HRT's headquarters (I think it was actually on crash). That place is immaculate and built from the ground up, even better looking than Caterham's.

I was wondering how they were paying for it. They could have saved some of that money and used it for development. They could have done like Caterham and used and older structure and outfitted it to their needs.

andrew2k

December 13, 2012 10:25 PM
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If I were in bernies shoes I would be very concerned when it come the number of entries on the grid. Why? A full grid is a good sign of a healthy and financially thriving sport whereas a disappearing grid is a sign of a financially struggling sport.

Just look at MotoGP...its in a state where factory competitors are disappearing right and left especially after the exist of Aprila, Kawasaki, and Suzuki. To fill the the needs of the grid Dorna had to swollow a posion pill and allow production bikes to race along prototypes.

Now imagine if F1 starterd to have a disappearing grid -- we could very well end up in a situation similiar to MotoGP...one where GP2-level cars are put onto the F1 grid to fill the need. Not only that, but a endless cycle of rule-making to allow both types of cars to be competitive.

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