Jean Todt – MORE THAN ONE newcomer, at some point… More news from 2017 FIA Sport Conference in Geneva.
There has been much talk this week about a “Chinese Consortium” considering entering future championships, however thanks to the wonder of electronic communications and following receiving live reports from the conference, TJ13 can confirm there is MORE THAN ONE newbie to express an interest.
International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt continued his speech and suggested that since Formula One currently has 10 teams, down from 11 in 2016, (Referring to Manor) that there is space for more”
“When we feel it is time, we will be able to make a tender. At the moment we have 10 teams and the idea is to have up to 12,”
“So we have an opportunity, if we have one or two strong newcomers it could be possible. There are always rumours, but we have had some interest from some teams.”
Todt continued, and almost squashed the idea of a new entrant next year, he said
“it would be foolish to think anything could be done in time for 2018, however.”
All this talk about NEW teams however does raise a question about how NEW they might be? Obviously this SHOULD not include any potential team buyouts and name changes, and rumour has it there are a few options here that might make more financial sense to someone wanting to find a cheaper route and hit the track running.
Its more likely in my mind that the 18/19 grids will appear different but not necessarily be added to, unless the Banbury outfit has found a buyer and has been working secretly out of the developmental eye and restrictions that bind them once they sign the dotted line.. But we would have heard about that…surely?