I quite enjoyed having 24 cars on the grid for the last couple of years, so it made me sad to see the field reduced by two, although the loss of HRT was never going to be a world-shaking event. It would have been nice to see another team step up in time to take its position, but it just wasn’t going to happen.
In an ideal world, with customer cars etc, and large grids (possibly with reduced entry costs for these customer teams), we would see something a bit like this:
- Red Bull – Toro Rosso…as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be…
- Ferrari – Alfa Romeo (I thought I would expand on @spinmastermic ‘s idea there)
- Mercedes – Force India…with McLaren rumoured to be moving away from Mercedes power, Force India changes allegiance to the Mercedes Works team, and becomes a ‘Junior Programme’ testing ground.
- McLaren – Honda…McLaren becomes the flagship team for the Honda engines in 2015 (or whenever it happens), and Honda set up a symbiotic relationship with McLaren – they provide the engines, McLaren provide the cars.
- Porsche? – Marussia…VW Group buys into this team and makes them their customer
I don’t know precisely how all of that would work, and there would probably be lots of interconnecting links and/or politics which would make this list completely impossible. However, it’s an idea…little more.
The concept of having more teams in the field is exciting for me, and particularly if the ‘customer teams’ are able to bring new and exciting talent into the top tier of F1, making it more competitive.