There was not much talk about more teams leaving Formula One for quite some time. The cost saving measures seemed to have done the trick. But last few days the F1 exit talks surfaced again. The 2009 season seems to be the make or break for Toyota. Some fresh rumours surfaced also about future of Renault (not sure how much of this is true and how much is made up), Pitpass also raised some concern about Force India finances … Well, in market conditions as we see right now, there is always the possibility of somebody following Honda and exiting F1. Bernie Ecclestone already told us whom he would miss and whom he would not want to loose:
“It’s bad for me to say this, but the only team we would really say we would miss is Ferrari. I wouldn’t want to lose McLaren for sure. I wouldn’t want to lose Williams.”
Looks like he would not miss the car manufacturers that during the past decade took the sport over …
I myself still can’t make up my mind whether manufacturers are good for F1 or not. But the above words from Ecclestone made me think too about what F1 teams I would and what teams I would not miss on the grid.
I agree with Ecclestone about Ferrari, McLaren and Williams. These three teams started the most F1 races – Ferrari – 776, McLaren – 648, Williams – 517 (end of 2008 season stats) and since they entered F1 in 1950 (Ferrari), 1966 (McLaren) and 1977 (Williams) they never left (unlike some of the manufacturers). To me these 3 teams plus the races like Monaco or Monza or Spa are something that F1 should not loose. The moment one of three teams goes I would consider F1 to be in serious trouble.
Will I miss Honda ? No, I will not miss them as a team but not having Honda on the grid even as an engine supplier is a bit strange. The same would apply to Renault.
Would I miss Red Bull ? Perhaps, they are different .
Would I miss Toro Rosso ? Not in its current guise. I would much rather see someone taking the team over and bringing Minardi back.
Would I miss Toyota ? Not at all. I do not know why but I never got used to Toyota being a part of Formula 1.
Would I miss BMW ? I can’t really say, perhaps because as a team they haven’t been around that long. I think I will stay neutral on this one .
Would I miss Force India ? Well, perhaps I would not want to see the ex-Jordan team to go. But I can’t really say I appreaciate its current Bollywood format or the fact that it is turning into sort of McLaren B-team …
I do hope that F1 does not loose any more teams, on the contrary, I hope for the full grid of at least 24 cars that the current rules allow. But I also hope that the majority of the grid are teams with car racing as their primary reason to be in F1. And these days unfortunately that is not case …
Whom would you do not like to disappear from F1 ?