If you’re queuing and someone in front of you invites his friends to join the line, you won’t be too happy, will you?
In effect this is what F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is proposing for the sport. His contracts with the FIA mean that he must supply 20 cars for every race, but he’s worried that some of the teams at the back won’t survive, hence the suggestion that some teams might run three cars.
The problem is that it’s unfair to those at the back who have long battled to get to the front. It’s also bad for F1 because it will weaken the manufacturing base of the motorsport industry.
If one or more of the big teams decide at some point to quit F1, it will be less easy to find replacements if the midfield outfits have been wiped out. The same thing has happened in Nascar, where the big teams, each running three or four cars, have a stranglehold on success – and money.
The fact that Ecclestone is going on about the subject so much suggests that he’s worried he might end up without enough cars on the grid. If that happens, the FIA might be able to cancel the 100-year deal that has led to half or more of the revenues leaving the sport and lining the pockets of private equity men and their investors.