Fernando Alonso says Formula One’s reduced 20-car field is sufficient despite the loss of two more cars over the winter.
The loss of Manor during the off-season means the F1 grid has shrunk from 24 cars to 20 in three years. Up to 26 cars are permitted to start a race by the rules but Alonso sees no need to bring more teams in.
“I think it’s enough,” he said when asked if 20 cars was enough to satisfy F1 spectators.
“Obviously it’s nice to have many cars on the track and many teams in Formula One.”
“But at the same point it’s a sport that is quite difficult to get in, quite difficult to stay for many years. We see with some of the smaller teams they are struggling to keep the financial situation healthy in the years.”
“If you have a good ten teams and 20 cars on track it’s more or less the number we see in Formula One for many years.”
Ross Brawn, who has taken responsibility for shaping Formula One’s future rules following its takeover by Liberty Media, has indicated he would like to see “13 strong teams” in the sport. Formula One hasn’t had a full grid of cars for more than two decades.
The collapse of Manor during the off-season followed the disappearance of Caterham at the end of 2014 and HRT two years before that. Last year Sauber ran into financial problems but eventually attracted new investment from Longbow Finance.
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year