F1 »

Three-car F1 teams 'will happen', insists Bernie

Bernie Ecclestone has re-iterated his contention that three-car Formula 1 teams will soon be a reality in the top flight – possibly even as early as the 2009 curtain-raising Australian Grand Prix in two months' time.

Honda's withdrawal from the sport at the end of last year means that as things stand there will only be 18 cars on the starting grid Down Under in Melbourne in March, and Ecclestone has hinted that should a buyer not be found for the beleaguered Brackley-based outfit, the big, well-financed manufacturer teams may have to step in to fill the void by each supplying a third car.

Indeed, should any more squads follow Honda out of the exit door – with fears expressed about the future security of Renault, Toyota and Williams' F1 operations, amongst others – a rapid solution will need to be found, be it either in the guise of new teams, or else third cars.

“That is what basically will happen,” the sport's commercial rights-holder told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, whilst at the same time denying that he is contractually-obliged to grand prix organisers and broadcasters to have at least 20 cars in the field.

“If the manufacturers supply engines to other people, they can run three cars themselves.

“It is better to have 20 cars on the grid – whether they are in the hands of manufacturers or in private hands, that doesn't make any difference.”


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
26.05.2006 Monte Carlo, Monaco, . Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) - Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, Monaco Grand Prix, Friday
Antonio Giovinazzi - Sauber F1 Team
McLaren - Honda MCL32
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32 F1 launch, [Credit: McLaren]
McLaren MCL32, McLaren-Honda, [Credit: McLaren]
McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren Honda MCL32
Ferrari SF70H
Ferrari SF70H
The Ferrari SF70H - Scuderia Ferrari
Ferrari SF70H
(L to R): Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 with team mate Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1.
23.02.2017.
(L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 with team mate Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1.
23.02.2017.
(L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 with Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams.
23.02.2017.

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.