Montezemolo still wants three-car teams

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Luca di Montezemolo repeats his demand F1 for three-car teams in Formula 1.


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“We hope next year will be as good a season as this one and not one like 2009, when the championship seemed to be drugged. The small teams? Honestly, I feel it would be better to have the opportunity of running a third car rather than seeing cars that would struggle even in GP2: it?s an idea we will put forward again strongly for the future.

“On the subject of the new circuits, I have to say it would be better if more thought was given to the races with an increase in overtaking opportunities with less effort going into beautiful architecture.

“Then we must unblock this absurd limitation on testing. Formula 1 is the only sport in which there is no chance to train. It is like asking Real Madrid, Milan or Inter to play with smooth soled boots in the rain or not to warm up before a Champions League game.”

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“We are sure to be called what we are going to be called and I’m not sure they will be called that way. It’s pure speculation that there might be four cars using the same name.”

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Comment of the day

Luca di Montezemolo’s got nothing on our Steph:

??For this Felipe gets seven minus.?? Is that his grade or what he lost at Germany?

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89 comments on Montezemolo still wants three-car teams

  1. Force Maikel said on 15th December 2010, 20:20

    that man just doesn’t seem to understand te meaning of the word No, wich i thought was simple.

  2. melkurion said on 17th December 2010, 9:23

    There are offcourse pro’s and con’s for running 3 cars per team.

    One of the biggest pro’s would offcourse be that there would theoreticly be more more competative cars on the grid. However this is also a double edged sword if you ask me, what is to stop lets say HRT from getting a thrid car and hiring it out on a race by race basis to various pay drivers?

    One of the biggest con’s would be that the smaller and midfield teams would struggle even more to get points, and therefor a smaller portion of the end of year pay outs.

    However I have always thought that there would be an easy compromise to this. What if, when a team enters or is in F1, the FIA says it has to run two cars, but has the option to sell/rent out the rights to one of their grid slots to another team….

    This would allow bigger teams like ferrari or Mclaren to run a third car, which the would pay a smaller team for, which in turn has more money to focuus on just the one car, so fewer costs as well. This would allow them theoreticly to built a more competative car, as they now have more money and can spend their recources on develloping and maintaning just one car.

    The big teams , although they have bigger budgets, do net have unlimited budgets, so this option would cost them a chunk of money. and would therefor potentially mean the can develop their car slightly less, also because they would have 3 different drivers with presumably different drivingstyles, so it would be tougher to make a car that suits them all.

    This would in my oppinion bring the teams closer together in terms of speed. And luca can have what he wants :P

    This would work even better if a budgetcap was introduced, but still works well under the recource restriction agreement currently in place..



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