FIA could open tender to new Formula 1 teams

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FIA president Jean Todt says he could open a new tender to invite more teams to enter Formula 1.

Both Caterham and Marussia entered administration late last year, and seemed set to disappear from the F1 grid, only for the latter team to find late investor from OVO Energy boss Stephen Fitzpatrick.

Marussia will race on as Manor, but is the last surviving member of the group of three teams which entered the sport in 2010.

The last tender process took place in 2014, granting entry to Gene Haas’ American outfit and Romanian team Forza Rossa.

The Haas F1 Team is set to join the grid in 2016, taking the total number of cars back up to 22, but 13 teams could theoretically race under the current rules.

“I am not happy for Marussia and Caterham and I sympathize for them, but it has always happened,” Todt told The New York Times. “But in 2016 we have a new team coming, and we may make a tender again for one or two teams to encourage teams. And try to reduce the costs.”

Formula 1’s V6 turbo engine formula, introduced in 2014, saw spending rise, but Todt says the move was, and still is in the sport’s interest.

“I feel it is one of the few sensible decisions which has been taken over the last period,” Todt added.

“Formula One is the pinnacle of motor sport, so we must be an example to society. It is not all happening in a kind of closed golden-gated community where nothing is happening on the other side of the world.”

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Pirelli

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