Marussia could merge with Sauber and reduce F1 grid to 10 teams

Marussia and Sauber to merge?

Marussia and Sauber to merge?

Formula 1 could be set to shed yet another team from the back of the grid ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Twelve teams contested the 2012 World Championship, but struggling HRT succumbed at the end of last year. This year there were 11 teams.

Now, according to Auto Motor und Sport, the sport could be reduced to just 10 teams and twenty cars ahead of the 2014 season.

Respected correspondent Michael Schmidt said that backmarker Marussia could merge with the financially struggling but far more established midfielder Sauber.

“[Marussia team owner] Andrei Cheglakov is apparently fed up with digging so deep into his own pockets only to be at the back of the field,” said Schmidt.

“But he wants to stay in Formula 1. First, he wanted to buy Toto Wolff’s Williams shares,” the German correspondent added.

“Bernie Ecclestone is said to have endorsed the deal, but Claire Williams rejected it because they want to remain independent.

“Now, the Russians apparently have Sauber in their sights,” said Schmidt.

Meanwhile, RTL Nederland has reported that Marcel Boekhoorn, a Dutch businessman and billionaire, could be interested in buying into Force India.

Fascinatingly, Boekhoorn is Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde’s father-in-law. (GMM)

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  • Bec

    Lower sponsorship AVE, due to F1 being increasingly hidden away behind pay walls is to blame,

  • matthew

    I’ll be disappointed if this happens. They night be a backmarker, but their fight with caterham was great to watch. F1 needs more teams, not less!!

  • Kimi4WDC

    Please no! Just hire some competent people who can bring in sponsorship instead of whining about not being given money! *cough*Monisha*cough*

  • A41202813GMAIL

    If This Continues, The REDS Will Fulfill Their Dream Of 3 Cars Per Team.

    Bring Them On.

    Go, HAMILTON !