Ferrari F1 fans worldwide will know that the sport is going through some of its biggest changes under engine regulation proposals outlined by new owners, Liberty Media. But the suggestions have not been welcomed by all, and least by the Ferrari F1 team who have been very vocal about their exit from F1 if the changes are bought in. We covered the proposed F1 changes in two recent Podcasts which you can listen to below.
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But in a recent interview on Sky Sports, Ex-Ferrari F1 driver Nigel Mansell suggested that Ferrari must be made to stay in F1 at all costs. Ferrari is obviously the biggest team in F1, and without them much of the sports Viewers and with that Sponsorship will leave.
However, the roll-on effect is that the overall number of teams will reduce significantly from the current 10 teams with 20 cars. He explained “Formula 1 will have great challenges ahead if they let any manufacturer walk away.”
“We only have 20 cars on the grid now. In the heyday there were 43 Formula 1 cars trying to qualify for 26 places. The fans worldwide are crying out to have 26 cars now. We need new drivers, new blood, new manufacturers to start competing on a level playing field.”
2018 will be the second consecutive season where only 20 cars will be on the grid. The last time that happened was the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Mansell won his world title in 1992, a season when there were 30 cars on the grid. He continued by saying “We’ve got a backlog of great drivers wanting to come into Formula 1 and we need more manufacturers with at least 26 cars on the grid,”
F1 bosses are torn as they try to bring in new manufacturers to the sport, with Porsche and Aston Martin already expressing interest based on changes to regulations coming in after 2021. However existing manufactures which include Ferrari F1, McLaren and Renault have all raised concerns.
He concluded by saying “”Hopefully Liberty are going to get some new regulations that everyone will embrace and there will be a more level playing field where people can be competitive.”
One thing for sure, 2018 will be a very interesting year, if not for what happens on the track, but what will also be happening behind the scenes. The new F1 car comes out soon, and we will be covering the new car both on the website and in a Podcast analysing the F1 car. Stay tuned by subscribing below.
2018 F1 Season Calendar
Formula 1 Grand Prix
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