Formula 1’s Bernie Ecclestone said that it is unlikely for third cars to be a part of the sport. Ferrari has made a new push for the third cars to be permitted. The discussions within the Formula 1 Commission about intellectual property and technology transfer between teams have made the concept of third cars reappear. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo proposed that it would be better for F1 to see smaller outfits running cars instead of the frontrunning teams.
At the Ferrari World Finals in Mugello last weekend, di Montezemolo said that this idea is being supported not just for the company’s own interests but also for the sport as a whole. He said that Ferrari thinks that the interest would increase if there are more competitive cars on the track instead of having cars that are two or three seconds off the pace, being lapped after only a few laps.
For instance, in 1961 Giancarlo Baghetti won the French Grand Prix at Reims with a privately entered Ferrari. He added that there hasn’t been plenty of support on the idea of third cars. Ecclestone believes the move won’t be a positive thing until the grid numbers fall. [source: Autosport]