Wolff backs three-car teams
28 August 2012 – The idea of having three cars in each of the leading F1 teams has been rekindled by Toto Wolff, Executive Director of Williams Grand Prix Holdings. The concept was first backed heavily in 2009, then by Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo.
Three years ago, di Montezemolo pushed for three cars from the start of 2010, having wished to bring Michael Schumacher back to the sport alongside Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. For Williams, the concept would be ideal under current circumstances; Pastor Maldonado is confirmed for 2013, but the Grove squad is set to replace Bruno Senna with Valtteri Bottas.
“I would prefer having three cars next year,” Wolff, who manages Finnish reserve driver Bottas, explained to Brazilian website Total Race.
“It is too early to say anything about our 2013 line-up, but it is something very important to Frank Williams (Team Principal).
When asked if Bottas could be drafted in as early as this season, Wolff replied:
“There is as much chance as the sun falling out of the sky.”
Maldonado joined Williams’ race squad in 2011, whereas Senna stepped in at the start of the current campaign after being left on the sidelines by Renault (now Lotus).