So I have been wondering the above. Who can join? Perhaps, Volkswagen, Peugeot, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW and/or Citroen?
Also, I presume if they join they will need to buy over a new team, unless there are two or more teams joining from scratch that year (as in 2010). Just look at Marrusia and Caterham doing poorly…it’s because they had to start from scratch I believe.
I really believe that BMW should return to F1. They have all the ingredients to make racing car engine but for whatever reasons (probably admin) have not been part of a string F1 team apart from briefly with Williams during the Montoya / Ralf Schumacher days.
I think the era of manufacturers is over. Being (and winning) in F1 probably isn’t the magic marketing tool it was before, since the car market has really changed the past 10 years.
If anything, I think we might see Renault return out of frustration (clearly feeling Red Bull isn’t giving them enough credit) but no more teams. I do think we might see some more exclusive works teams, like McLaren with Mercedes before 2009 or Stewart with Ford.
I also expect some 90s-like fiascos (Subaru, Lamborghini, Yamaha), perhaps even from VAG brands.
I’d like to see more fizzy drink manufacturers in F1. They seem to do better than car-makers (admittedly based on a sample of one), and don’t insist on the rules being “relevant” with expensive fake-green technology and piddling little engines.
Car manufacturers can stick to the World Boring Car Championship or whatever.
Manufacturers are bad for the sport in way. As we have seen many times (Toyota, BMW, Honda) as soon as a Manufacturer F1 team relises its not getting the success it wants quick enough, they will just pull out, unlike dedicated works teams; for all we know Mercedes could pull out at the end of 2014! I agree with some people that there is more chance of dedicated works teams entering.
I’d like to see BMW and Volkswagen enter. We’d have the big 3 German manufacturers competing against each other (like in DTM), and of course against the others. Ford backing a team like they did with Stewart would be good quite to see.