Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone says the sport has too many teams. HRT, a Spanish race organization, has dropped off the official 2013 entry list, cutting the number of participants from 12 teams to 11. While speaking to Reuters, Ecclestone said he never wanted 12 teams and that he would prefer to have just 10. The reason? The logistics of having 12 separate organizations is too much to handle, both in terms of transportation and promotion. Of course, Ecclestone's proclamation came with a stipulation. The F1 boss said that he'd rather have 10 teams "so long as we don't lose Ferrari."

HRT owners Thesan Capital has reportedly gone into liquidation and are seeking a buyer for the F1 team. The team didn't manage to score a single point in its three years of F1 competition, and Ecclestone says he doesn't foresee anyone stepping forward to save the outfit from collapse.


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      • 2 Years Ago
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      jfa1177
      • 2 Years Ago
      talk about someone with a huge Napoleon complex. sheesh. He's nothing but a rich blowhard.
        RGT881
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jfa1177
        He's good at managing the sport and you can't argue with his success.
      timebecomes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where the heck do you get these stock pictures of him? Every one that's posted is worse than the one before!
      amade.ch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too many teams? Quite often the field is torn apart after very few laps. So I enjoy having so many teams on the grid making necessary at least some overtaking action. Fewer teams actually means less action and less money from the ad-industry.
      Dominick
      • 2 Years Ago
      He really grinds my gears
      TrippulG3
      • 2 Years Ago
      With Bernie, it's rarely about what he actually says, but rather what other thing he's trying to divert attention from...namely his involvement in the ongoing Gribkowski scandal...?
      k.naz
      • 2 Years Ago
      If anything, F1 has way too little teams. Does he really think the F1 can survive on a dozen teams? We all know the answer to that one.
      RGT881
      • 2 Years Ago
      HRT certainly didn't add anything to spice up the show other than get in the way of the leaders and generate publicity on all sorts of debacles, whether meeting the 107% qualifying rule, parts shortages due to funding, having their cars seized and much more. I agree with Bernie because F1 should be about quality rather than quantity. I'd love to see 24 cars on the grid, but I'd allow top teams to run 3 cars if they wished to. NASCAR does it and there's no problem.
        SmoothMarx
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RGT881
        The problem with that is it wouldn't be fair for teams with only 2 drivers that are battling for the Constructor's Championship.
          Justin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SmoothMarx
          The could get another driver too.
      Jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      Perhaps F1 has one too many Ecclestones.
      luigi.tony
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ecclestone is the problem with F1.
        flammablewater
        • 2 Years Ago
        @luigi.tony
        But he's also the reason it stays profitable, or at least he likes to think that's the case.
      mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you ever wanted confirmation that F1 is just an European high octane Soap Opera , here is your confirmation.
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      when is he going to die?!
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