Looking ahead to a new Concorde deal

Looking ahead to a new Concorde deal

Dieter Rencken investigates what might be behind Bernie Ecclestone's recent claims that Formula 1 would not miss some of its newest teams

When Formula 1 ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone suggested shortly before the sport's summer break that two of the current 12 teams would hardly be missed, and that F1 only needs ten teams (20 cars) to put on a world class spectacle. He might have had a point, for the demise of one or two backmarkers would hardly be missed – purely because the action up front has been so enthralling.

And anyway, the sport has, after all, lost around two teams for every F1 season since the world championship began in 1950, pointing to an endless list of prospective entrants. It was ever thus.

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