Ecclestone: I would prefer ten teams in F1
13 December 2012 – Bernie Ecclestone has suggested that a Formula 1 grid consisting of ten teams would be ideal, admitting that the number would be 'easier to handle'. Following the demise of HRT, the F1 supremo believes the field is still too large in his eyes.
"I'd rather have ten," Ecclestone explained to Reuters. "I never wanted 12. It's just that ten is easier to handle, for the promoters, for transport. We'd rather have ten, so long as we don't lose Ferrari."
HRT was put up for sale by owners Thesan Capital in mid-November, but its factory has since closed and staff have been made redundant. When asked about a potential resuce bid, Ecclestone plainly replied: "I wouldn't think that anyone would want to."
Heading into 2013 - before the Concorde Agreement is signed - F1 has 11 teams. Caterham and Marussia are the two remaining outfits from those who joined in 2010.