Former F1 racer Jos Verstappen has backed the idea of top teams being able to run three cars.

Ferrari has been pushing for some time for teams to be allowed to run three cars, with president Luca di Montezemolo arguing that it would be better for the sport than bringing in new teams that aren't capable of challenging the established order.

Di Montezemolo has been outspoken in his criticism of Lotus, Virgin and Hispania following their debut seasons, having said there is no place on the F1 grid for teams that can only run at GP2 pace.

Verstappen, who drove for the likes of Benetton, Arrows and Minardi during his career, has now agreed with the outspoken Italian, arguing that the third car could be used to aid the development of young aspiring drivers.

"For the teams it's not expensive as the parts are already there," the Dutchman was quoted by ESPN. "A third car could be an unique opportunity for young drivers to get into F1. If it was up to me, I would have the maximum age of a third driver at let's say 23. You could make it a kind of development car for a talented driver.

"Let's face it, at the moment the so-called 'third driver' has little or no opportunities to drive. [It] would be a good solution that the FIA should in my opinion consider seriously."

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