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Ecclestone To Ask Big Teams To Field 3 Cars

Bernie Ecclestone has spoken of a major plan he may implement in the wake of teams such as Honda pulling out of F1.

The F1 ruler Ecclestone is contractually bound to have a field of at least 18 cars, a position we now find ourselves in.  With the world financial crisis setting in, more independent teams such as Williams in danger of going out of business; it could leave the entireity of F1 in jepoardy.

Thus, Ecclestone wants the big teams who are financially stable, such as Scuderia Ferrari, McLaren and BMW Sauber to field 3 cars to ‘make up the numbers’.

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

“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,” he added.

Big teams like Scuderia Ferrari could be forced to field 3 cars.  It may give test drivers, and young drivers a shot at an F1 seat.

Big teams like Scuderia Ferrari could be forced to field 3 cars. It may give test drivers, and young drivers a shot at an F1 seat.

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One response

  1. r3tr0

    Is 20 a magical number or something? Who cares if there’s only 18 cars?

    Every race last season resulted in at least one retirement in the field, so I don’t see why having two less cars will matter. Plus, I’m sure the rest of the field wouldn’t be happy about having to face THREE Ferraris instead of just two.

    January 27, 2009 at 7:51 pm

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