Bernie won’t miss F1 strugglers

Bernie Ecclestone says he wouldn’t be surprised if ‘one or two’ teams failed to make it to the end of the current F1 season.

Hispania Racing would appear to be the team currently facing the biggest issues after it was forced to shuffle its driver line-up to bring in Sakon Yamamoto – with the Japanese driver able to bring extra sponsorship money to help the struggling Spanish outfit.

Rumours persist over other teams on the grid, and the commercial rights holder said some won’t survive until the end of the 2010 campaign.

“I would not be surprised if one or two of them did not make the end of the season,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “I think there are a couple of teams in Formula 1 who really shouldn’t be there. They are a bit out of their depth at the moment.”

Ecclestone’s comments come at a time when the FIA is looking at applications for a 13th team to join the grid in 2011, but Bernie believes the sport doesn’t need more than 20 cars on the grid.

“All we ever want is 10 teams,” he said. “Lotus is a good name. I wouldn’t want to lose them. But in general, this year has been a bit of a nuisance because it has cost money to keep these [struggling] teams in. It has cost a lot of money to pay for them to compete.

“The bottom line is they haven’t really and truly given us value for being there. If suddenly these teams don’t turn up at races, then I don’t think the crowds will get any smaller, or the TV sets will turn off, or the newspapers will stop writing, will they?”

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prehaps if bernie wasn’t so gready with the money and gave the smaller teams a fairer share of the money they would not have to struggle.
Dish the dosh Bernie.

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Agreed… They struggle cos they can’t finance the development like McLaren and Ferrari can… With more funding they could (theoretically) be just as good as the front runners… Lotus DEFINATELY could because they used to be one of the best!

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Hang on a second. Without Bernie there wouldn’t be Formula One as we know it today, a well oiled commercial money machine that generates trillions of Dollars. Said dollars get distributed to teams (who pay staff and suppliers) and to contracted circuit designers and a whole list of other aspects of the sport we, as fans, never have to worry about.

Bernie Eccelestone, weither you like it or not, is to the commercial side of F1 as Jackie Stewart is to F1 safety.

Also, because of the massive amounts of money generated, Formula One today doesn’t really belong to the fans as it used to, rather we are allowed to get a glimpse into the hectic world for a weekend at a time FOR FREE, Bernie could very easily make F1 a subscription service (and did at one stage on SKY), so lets be thankful for what we have because it could be taken from us in the blink of an eye.

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