FIA President Max Mosley believes that the three teams with an uncertain future will survive the current problems and that there will be 20 cars on the grid in 2005. Since Ford announced that Jaguar and Cosworth are to be put up for sale, there...
FIA President Max Mosley believes that the three teams with an uncertain future will survive the current problems and that there will be 20 cars on the grid in 2005. Since Ford announced that Jaguar and Cosworth are to be put up for sale, there have been concerns that Jaguar, Minardi and Jordan will find it difficult to continue.
Mosley thinks all three teams will make it through the difficulties. "What I think is the most likely scenario is that someone will buy Jaguar, Minardi will keep going like they always have and Jordan will find a solution in one way or another," he told reporters in Shanghai.
"I think we will have the same 20 cars next year," he added. "I think that's the most likely -- I don't say it will happen -- and then in 2006 I think we might see at least one and maybe two new teams."
Bernie Ecclestone is keen on the idea of the other teams running three cars should Jaguar, Jordan and Minardi not pull through but Mosley is dubious. "I don't think the three car idea is a long-term solution, at most it is a short-term one," he commented.
"I'm not at all sure that they can put three competitive cars on the grid because it will cost each of them significantly more. And where is the money going to come from?"
"What happens if that pushes three or more teams over the limits of their finances? The cost of engines is a problem and it is obviously much cheaper to supply engines to a small team than to run three cars."
As ever, Mosley is concerned about the costs involved in the sport. "There's no doubt F1 as a whole could run for less than half and probably closer to a quarter of what it currently costs without anything being visible from the outside," he said.
"Whether we can do anything about it quickly enough is another matter as any attempt to do something significant about cost comes up against resistance."