I don’t know if we’ll see any teams that are started from the ground up, but we may see a few buy-outs. If Kingfisher keeps circling the drain, Vijay Mallya may be forced out of Force India, and new owners – most likely Subrata Roy – might rename the team.
There is almost constant talk that Toro Rosso is going to be sold, and the latest suggestions are that the team will gradually be sold to a consortium from the Emirates over the course of a year (to preserve the team’s entitlements under the Concorde). But I wouldn’t be surprised if Mark Webber moves into team management, possibly succeeding Helmut Marko. Webber already works with Christian Horner on Arden; their GP3 team is called “MW Arden” and competes under an Australian racing licence.
I also think that Sauber and Williams – the “name” teams – will eventually be sold. Especially Williams, if they keep going downhill (though I was happy to see their rhetoric has changed in recent days). Peter Sauber was originally bound for retirement when he sold to BMW, but came back after BMW pulled out. I can see him doing it again, and Frank Williams doing the same. Especially with the 2014 engine regulations. So we could see new manufacturers joining the sport with them and merging themselves into the team, making them the de facto works teams. Alternatively, Sauber may be bought by Carlos Slim, who sponsors hem through Claro and Telmex.
There is a possibility that a new team will join the grid rather than buying an existing one. The fabled thirteenth grid spot is still open, and Lola have said they’re coinsidering a bid for it.
So in a few years, we could see the following lineup:
3) Red Bull
6) Sahara Racing (nee Force India)
7) Escuderia Sauber
8) MW Emirates (nee Toro Rosso)
9) Williams Audi (or any othe manufactuer)