F1 Considers 3 Car Teams as Red Bull Whining Intensifies

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With the help of Renault power and Adrian Newey’s aerodynamic brilliance, Red Bull Racing has dominated this decade of Formula 1. The team’s star driver, Sebastian Vettel, was runner-up in 2009 before winning four consecutive World Drivers’ Championships in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, and were the only team besides Mercedes-Benz’ factory squad to win a race in 2014. Despite that success, however, Red Bull are threatening to quit the sport after a (so far) win-less 2015 season.

Primarily because Red Bull are a bunch of wussy crybabies.

 

Dealing With Red Bull Quit Threat


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The possibility of three car teams was floated last year, after the Caterham team declared bankruptcy and both Lotus and Force India were facing uncertain futures. With two teams falling off, grid sizes would drop to unacceptably low numbers, and the ability for teams to run a third car seemed like a way to boost numbers, put on a better show, and give young drivers a chance to shine against established stars in equal machinery.

Today, the argument for three car teams sounds very much the same. “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,” says Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes’ F1 team. “For me personally it is a pretty exciting idea.”

It’s a pretty exciting idea to us, too- and, I, for one, would rather see talented young drivers like Max Verstappen and Kevin Magnussen line up against the big names in equal machinery as opposed to bringing up the rear in an underfunded Marussia car. What do you guys think? Is being a back marker part of the F1 rookie experience or something we can do without? Let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

Sources | Images: Motorsport, Planet F1.

 

Jo Borrás

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