Head doubtful about three cars per team

Williams technical director Patrick Head is doubtful about the idea of teams running three cars each, possibly as early as 2003, to keep numbers up on the grid should anyone drop out. Since the demise of Prost, F1 has been beset with financial ...

Williams technical director Patrick Head is doubtful about the idea of teams running three cars each, possibly as early as 2003, to keep numbers up on the grid should anyone drop out. Since the demise of Prost, F1 has been beset with financial problems and Minardi and Arrows are the most recent to be on shaky ground where money is concerned.

Should Minardi, Arrows or any other team fail to make to the 2003 season it has been suggested that teams could run three cars each to keep the numbers up. Head believes such a decision would make financial overheads even harder to meet and would also make it difficult for the midfield teams to score any points.

"I have heard the subject mentioned, but obviously running a third car is a considerable extra cost," Head commented. "So before anything like that would be able to be done, one would have to work out what mechanism would achieve the income that would run a third car."

"I think it's got some downsides in that generally the top teams are pretty reliable. At the moment with Ferrari, Williams and McLaren it takes one of those teams' cars to break down for the middle teams to pick up six and fifth place. If you have got the top three teams running three cars each, that's the first nine positions filled, so four of them have to break down before a middle ranking team can get a point."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Patrick Head
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams , Minardi