Williams: ‘Each team could field three cars next season’

The starting grid could be pretty crowded next season – Williams’ chief executive officer has suggested that each team could field three cars in Grand Prix races.

Adam Parr’s support for the idea, which was revealed in The Guardian, could mean that 24 cars and drivers compete in each race, compared to last season’s 20. With Honda withdrawing from the sport there will be 18 cars in contention unless a rule change is applied.

Another possibility is to encourage ‘customer cars’ (a second-hand machine discarded by constructors and given a makeover by an independent team) to line up next to fully-fledged constructors.

Last season Toro Rosso fielded a customer car that was a Renault machine in a previous life.

But Mr Parr told The Guardian: "It is far better to have seven or eight constructors than seven or eight constructors and three or four customer teams. Williams would rather compete on equal terms with constructors and take our chances than mess around with customer teams."

In a separate interview, Parr told The Telegraph that it was likely that another team would follow Honda’s lead and quit Formula One before the Australian Grand Prix, which is the first race of next season.

Written by James Christie

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