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The McLaren team principal, Martin Whitmarsh says initiating three-car per teams would be “the wrong solution” for Formula 1. Whitmarsh said Formula 1 teams must make out to their cost-cutting strategies for the good of the sport.

He said through the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in: “The statistics that I live by are the ones since McLaren entered Formula 1 it’s been quite moderately successful, winning a quarter of the races and on the podium for more than half of them.

“During that team 101 teams have disappeared from the sport. I think that really demonstrates the volatility of the sport. We have in the last few years evolved from being a sub-set of the automotive sector, being pretty well back to a more pure Formula 1 set of business.

“I think we shouldn’t underestimate how tough it is for the smaller teams. It’s fine for perhaps some of the bigger teams, who feel quite confident about their future, but the fact is we need ten or twelve teams in the sport to race against.”

“I personally think that going to generate grid size with three-car teams – I understand why some people are attracted to that, if it was necessary it has some interest to McLaren – but I think for Formula 1 it’s the wrong solution. Formula 1 requires the diversity of entry. I think we therefore have to work hard to endeavour to ensure that there are sustainable business models for all of the teams that are in Formula 1.”

The Italian F1 outfit Ferrari’s team Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has continually urged F1 sport to increase the team sizes from two cars to three. And he suggesting Ferrari could leave F1 if restrictions on car development are not lifted.

Whitmarsh response the Luca di Montezemolo recent suggestions: “In fairness to Luca, I think Luca’s an extremely charismatic figure within Ferrari, within Italy and within motorsport.

“I know how off-the-cuff comments can be construed and amplified. I think he is passionate about Formula 1, I think he’s very proud of Ferrari’s history and heritage, and he will inevitably push with great passion his personal opinions and views. I think in my day-to-day business Formula 1 is much better when the teams and the governing body work together to design regulations.”

“We’ve had some great races in the last two years. I think we should be very proud of that, and that’s been achieved by the teams working together with the FIA to develop sporting and technical regulations to achieve those ends.”

Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) will discuss the future of its Resource Restriction Agreement in Abu Dhabi this weekend.


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