F1 to consider ‘third car’ issue for 2013

New fuel has been added to Ferrari’s push to have three cars on the Formula One grid. After India, key officials will move on to Geneva, when next Thursday the F1 Commission meets.

La Stampa newspaper reports that one of the topics on the agenda is the redefinition of an F1 constructor. According to Italiaracing, the news emerged after a team bosses meeting in India on Friday. The outcome of the F1 Commission vote will settle the debate about whether big teams should be able to rent or sell their chassis designs to smaller teams.

The Italian report said F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone is now on Ferrari’s side for a change of definition for the 2013 Concorde Agreement.

Ecclestone would reportedly like to see struggling teams like HRT be able to, for example, buy a Ferrari chassis and improve the show by running more competitively and attracting more sponsors.

And the advantage for Ferrari would be to gain a ‘satellite’ team to develop, for example, its young drivers and engineers.

La Stampa said key voices including McLaren and Red Bull are opposed to the idea. The proponents, however, could argue that those teams are already sharing their intellectual property, including via McLaren’s deal with Force India, and Red Bull’s with Team Lotus.


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