Todt wants 12 teams on Formula 1 grid
21 June 2017 – FIA President Jean Todt has stated that he hopes to increase the size of the Formula 1 grid again in the near future, with 12 teams his ideal number.
As it stands, 10 teams make up the Formula 1 grid, with US-led Haas the latest to arrive for the 2016 season, following the sport's latest tender, held in 2013.
Formula 1 last fielded 12 outfits back in 2012, when 2010's trio of entrants – Marussia (Virgin), Caterham (Lotus) and HRT (Hispania) still existed.
However, all three gradually dropped off the grid, HRT after the 2012 season, Caterham after the 2014 season and most recently the rebranded Manor, over the 2016/17 winter period.
Todt, speaking to selected media at the FIA Sport Conference in Geneva, expressed his desire to bring the grid back up to 12 teams in the coming seasons.
"When we feel it is time, we will be able to make a tender," said Todt, when asked by GPUpdate.net if there is a plan to bring in new teams.
"At the moment we have 10 teams and the idea is to have up to 12 teams, so if we have one or two strong newcomers it could be possible."
Expanding on the process, Todt said: "First we need to check ourselves the request, going through a kind of audit to see who are the potential buyers.
"If it's a big manufacturer, it's easy, if it's a privateer, you need to be more careful.
"And then, once you are sure that there is a real interest, and once you're sure that people are able, like it was the case with Haas, for example, then we make tender."
Pushed on the identity of interested parties, Todt remained coy, stating: "There are always rumours, but we have had some interest from some teams."
And asked if any could make it in time for 2018, he responded: "No, it would be foolish to think that a new team would be ready in eight months, even less."
F1's grid was last down to 10 teams in 2009, barring the US and Brazilian Grands Prix in 2014, with Marussia and Caterham both on the sidelines amid financial woes.