F1 commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone has he would prefer it if there were just ten teams in the sport.

His comments come in the wake of the apparent demise of HRT, which was not included on the FIA's official entry list published earlier this month.

Despite that loss though, Ecclestone has told Reuters he wouldn't be bothered if eleven teams eventually dropped down to ten.

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"I'd rather have ten," he remarked. "I never wanted 12. It's just that 10 is easier to handle, for the promoters, for transport. We'd rather have 10... so long as we don't lose Ferrari."

Asked if someone might yet step in and buy HRT, Ecclestone wasn't optimistic: "I wouldn't think anyone would want to," was his assessment of the situation.

HRT was one of three new teams that joined the sport back in 2010, along with Marussia (originally Virgin Racing) and Caterham (originally Lotus Racing), and as yet none of them have managed to get a car in the top ten places and score a point.