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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-09-02, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
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F1 teams to run three cars in 2003?


According to a report in The Sunday Times newspaper, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has warned that teams will have to run three cars from next season, if more go out of business before the end of the year.

The Arrows team's future hangs in the balance, with the team only just making it to Silverstone, and team chief Tom Walkinshaw could not yet confirm his team would be able to compete in any other Grands Prix this season, following the British race.

While the Minardi team has now received enough revenues owed to it from commercial rights sales, following the demise of Prost earlier this year, it's future beyond this is not as certain as that of, say Ferrari or McLaren.

"Instead of two cars it will be three," Ecclestone was quoted as saying. "It will probably be three drivers and three cars for next year, but we'll have to wait and see."

"It makes it more competitive because the teams will run three cars, so there will be another seven competitive cars we could run," he added. "We need 18 to 20 cars. Unfortunately already this year [after Prost] we are down to 22, so if we lose Arrows we'll have 20, and if we lose Minardi, we'll have 18."

"I think in the end they will battle through, but I don't think their chances will improve during the winter break."


If the top teams have to run three cars next season Ferrari can sign Montoya for the third car.
Imagine Schumacher, Barrichello and Montoya at Ferrari :s6:

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that would be good but it would start to be like V8 supercars this year with HRT/TWR dominating (sorry but i had to compare it to something). that said the rest of the pack racing around is interesting, bit of biffo here bit of barg there,pitty you cant do that in F1 becuase the cars are so fragile. just my opinion.

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This can only happen if the grid drops to 16 (not sure of the exact number) under the Concorde agreement.
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Tell me why teams like Ferrari, Williams, Mclaren don't or can't sell their cars to other teams to use the next season, surely this would keep costs down and it would also mean more cars are competitive. Surely last seasons Ferrari would still be a top 6 competitor.
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