Ross Brawn Suggests Formula 1 Doesn’t Need 13 Teams
Ross Brawn claims that the F1 starting grid is good enough with 12 teams and thinks that the team that will get the 13th spot will have serious problems developing the car.
For the first time in the last years, FIA initiated in 2009 a selection process for four new teams, the starting grid being enriched with only four names after the USF1 Team fail.
A 13th team will be selected by the World Forum until the end of August, bu Ross Brown, the Mercedes GP F1 Team Principal, considers that Formula 1 can do very good with 24 cars.
“I also think we’ve got to look at the fact that we’ve got a pretty healthy grid now. 24 cars is a pretty good size. I don’t think it would be a disaster if a 13th team didn’t come in. What we’ve got to do is keep the teams we’ve got, and I’m sure the smaller teams at the back of the grid are going to close the gap next year with their second car. I think we’ll have an interesting grid next year with the teams we already have,” said the Brit.
To support his statements, Brawn claims that the team that will be accepted on the starting grid for the 2011 F1 season will have to few time to develop their car, despite Lotus Racing managed to debut in only six months.
“We’ve started our car for next year. Obviously the amount of effort and resource we put in is front line. I think teams can get cars together in shorter periods of time, as some of the [new] teams demonstrated [this year]. But it’s very difficult. It looks pretty marginal to me to get a team together in time for next year,” Ross brown also said.