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Ecclestone: I'd prefer 10 teams

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

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.

"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.

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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 .

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