Ecclestone: I am ready for F1 with eight teams of three cars each

Three car teams may become a reality in F1

Three car teams may become a reality in F1

Despite speculation of doom and gloom surrounding Caterham’s future, Formula 1 Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone is unmoved and is advocating three car teams for the ‘pinnacle’ of motor sport.

He told an Austrian newspaper last week that he would be happy if struggling and complaining small teams succumb to their money troubles.

More recently Ecclestone told La Gazzetta dello Sport, “If you can’t afford to be in this game, you should not be here. If they don’t have the money, they should close.”

“I am ready for a Formula 1 with eight teams and three cars each. Is it better to see a third Ferrari or a Caterham? Ferrari might find new sponsors in America and an American driver. Great,” declared Ecclestone.

Bernie Ecclestone with a trio of Ferrari drivers

Bernie Ecclestone horsing around…and making a point

Adding that a strong Ferrari team will help with Formula 1’s problems, such as a dwindling television audience, arguing that Caterham will “never” be competitive.

“If Ferrari started to end up first and second in Qualifying and races, then television ratings would improve everywhere. Ferrari is a worldwide passion,” he said.

Since then, Caterham founder Tony Fernandes has conceded on Twitter that his Formula 1 project “didn’t work”, and the team has reportedly been sold along with its reported €20 million in debt, but 83-year-old Ecclestone is unmoved about the small teams’ plight.(GMM)