Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that discussions are underway about possible three-car teams for the 2015 season
Former Williams CEO Adam Parr caused a bit of a stir during the Italian GP when he tweeted that “this is the last year of F1 as we know it” adding that “in 2015 eight teams will contest the championship, with several teams entering three cars”.
However, McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier dismissed the speculation saying: “I don’t think we’ll go to eight teams and three cars per team next year and definitely not in such a short-term notice.”
It doesn’t appear to be so far-fetched with the likes of Sauber, Marussia and Caterham struggling, and F1 supremo Ecclestone has added more fuel to flames.
“We’ll know after the next two or three races,” he is quoted as saying by The Guardian. “It’s always been on the cards that if we lose up to three teams then the other teams will run three cars.
“I think we should do it anyway. I would rather see Ferrari with three cars, or any of the other top teams with three cars than having teams that are struggling.” Asked if it was in the pipeline he replied: “Oh yeah, for sure.”
Ecclestone wasn’t too sympathetic towards the struggling outfits.
“I’ve been around - most people would say too long - but long enough to know there are always people at the back of the grid,” he said.
“The trouble with the teams - which is all normal - they think of themselves short term.
“You ask about next year, but they’re worried about the next race, which is the problem.”
Jenson Button, meanwhile, would rather have smaller teams, which brings different personalities to the track, than three-car teams.
“That’s a lot of work for the teams. If one car is so strong next year, you could have no other cars on the podium, which isn’t so good,” he said.
“We’ve always had smaller teams. It’s a good thing we have them, there’s a lot of personalities,” he said. “Obviously it would be nice if they didn’t have such big struggles and they could be more competitive. But that’s always been the case in Formula One.”