Ecclestone keen to see three car teams
2 July 2014 – Bernie Ecclestone has reiterated his desire to see the bigger teams run third cars and has said the smaller outfits should quit if they cannot afford to compete.
Teams have been in discussions for some time about how to reduce costs, with the issue coming to the forefront once again this year after plans to bring in a global cost cap in 2015 were abandoned.
Speaking in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, when asked what the smaller teams should do given costs are out of control, Ecclestone replied: "They must stop. If you do not have the finances, you quit. I am ready for a Formula 1 with eight teams with three cars each."
"Is it better to have a third Ferrari or a Caterham?" he added."Ferrari could maybe find new sponsors in the USA and an American driver: fantastic. It is the same for the others.
"Take Caterham: it has invested lots of money and it would need just as much, so it looks for paying drivers. What for, since it has never been competitive?"