The Formula 1 grid has 20 cars at present, provided all of them are fit to start(and none of them are starting from the pit lane).
A lot of discussion has been around the fact that a few more cars on the grid could bring about a little more spice to race days, providing fans with more overtaking duels.
Currently all teams can field a maximum of 2 cars and only in case of a driver injury are the teams allowed to field just one car.
Pat Symonds, F1’s technical said that the possibility of a single or three-car team is being considered and will be debated during the next meeting.
“It hasn’t been on the agenda,” he said.
“[But] it’s a good point and probably at our next meeting it’s something we will debate.” he added.
Liberty Media is already behind the prospect of increasing the number of drivers from the current figure of 20.
“What has been considered is what is the ideal number of cars,” he said.
“More in the context of ‘Should we introduce more teams to Formula One?’” he added
However, Symonds was quick to take a dig at Ferrari by saying that a ‘few teams’ have been resistant to change, as it could disrupt their ‘influence’ within the sport.
“I think at the moment one of the problems that Formula One has suffered from is that the teams have probably held too much power. It’s a little bit of ‘turkeys voting for Christmas’ sometimes.
“I guess they’ll be worried that if there was a smaller number of teams with a big power base, that’s probably not conducive to change and we all need to change and evolve as our sport changes, as the world around us changes.” Symonds said.
If single and three car teams are allowed in F1, it would provide small players to come into the fore, by fielding just 1 driver, something that could make the sport more diverse and more exciting.
What do you guys think?