USGP Notes: Three-Car F1 Teams Being Pondered
Three Ferraris on the same track at the same time? Could happen. (File photo courtesy of the Circuit of the Americas)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
AUSTIN, Texas – A common fixture in NASCAR and INDYCAR-sanctioned racing, the idea of three-car Formula One teams is gaining limited traction as the governing FIA looks to fill vacant grid spots created by a pair of teams sidelined via budget woes.
The financially strapped Marussia and Caterham F1 teams are sitting out this weekend’s third annual United States Grand Prix, reducing the starting grid at Circuit of The Americas from 22 to 18 cars. FIA Stewards of the Meeting issued a pair of bulletins Friday morning stating that while the teams’ failure to compete here clearly is in breach of the Sporting Regulations, no penalties will be imposed because of their respective financial problems. The matter, however, has been referred to the attention of FIA President Jean Todt.
The 18-car grid will be the smallest in F1 since the 2005 Monaco Grand Prix, when the BAR team was parked for two races because of a technical infringement.
FIA Stewards opted Thursday to adopt a revised qualifying format because of the no-shows.
Instead of the slowest six cars being eliminated from Q1 on Saturday afternoon with six more following in Q2, the Stewards Read the full story »