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Red Bull exit could trigger three cars in F1 2016 season

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Red Bull exit could trigger three cars in F1 2016 season

Red Bull exit could trigger three cars in F1 2016 season

The defending world champions Mercedes are looking for the possibility of running three cars in F1 2016 season in preparation of any exit by Red Bull and Toro Rosso.

Mercedes F1 team boss, Toto Wolff has said that three-car in a F1 team could be certain if Red Bull and Toro Rosso be forced out the sport at the end of 2015.

“Yes, if a team would leave – and we had this discussion about Lotus a while ago – third cars are a solution to fill up the grid,” Wolff said. “For me personally it is a pretty exciting idea.

“I’d rather have Red Bull in the sport than third cars and a grid of 27 or 28 cars. But this is definitely one of the fall-back solutions.”

It was initially suggested that Mercedes could supply Red Bull with engines next year, but the German company decided against it, and Wolff insists they won’t change their mind.

“You can’t close your eyes to the fact that this [F1] is a platform and it needs players and it needs a competitive environment and it needs competitive teams,” he said.

“That was part of our consideration. Red Bull is a hip brand and it’s good for Formula One that Red Bull is in here, but it is also an environment where you need to look at yourselves and the team’s performance with the priority.

“When it comes up to the decision, would you rather go with the platform and the good sport or would you rather go with the team’s perspective. It’s clear from our point of view that you need to prioritise your own competitiveness.

“We have waited so long to have success with our own works team ever since Mercedes decided to go into Formula One and not continue only as an engine supplier. Obviously this had a rationale and that rationale is still valid today and this is why we took the decision some weeks ago not to continue [negotiations with Red Bull] and then Ferrari picked that ball up.”

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