The idea of introducing three cars teams to the grid in Formula 1 has created a mixed reaction to the drivers ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix.
Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport team boss Toto Wolff proposed the idea of having three car teams in the sport, as a cheaper way of creating a ‘feeder team’ within the sport.
Wolff spoke regarding of finding a seat for fellow Mercedes junior drivers Esteban Ocon and George Russell, who could be left with no seat in F1 for 2019.
A few team principals within the F1 paddock reacted to the idea of three cars within one team, with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner saying the idea is interesting but impractical.
At the press conference ahead of the Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, drivers were asked by MotorLat journalist Beatrice Zamuner over the idea of teams fielding a third car on the grid.
Haas F1 Team‘s Kevin Magnussen says the idea sounds exciting but wasn’t sure whether fielding 30 cars on the grid would be good for the sport.
“I think it’s kind of… it sounds quite exciting,” said Magnussen “I think it would be great to see three Mercedes and three Ferraris, but then from there, I don’t know whether it would be good to have 30 cars on the grid.
“I think the pitlane would be quite tight as well. It could be good, it could be bad. I don’t really know.”
Lewis Hamilton gave his views on the idea saying that would like to see more teams enter the sport instead of three cars.
“I quite like the idea of more cars. More teams maybe, rather than three drivers in a team – would be a handful,” commented Hamilton.
Scuderia Ferrari‘s Kimi Räikkönen said that if more cars would be introduced then things would need change, saying that it would be difficult to figure out overall.
“I think if would be nice to have a lot of cars but then, I don’t know. So many things that it will change. It’s pretty difficult to work it out.”
Brendon Hartley previously raced in the World Endurance Championship which had an option to field a third car during the 24 Hours of Le Mans and has raced with multiple team-mates at one team plenty of times during his successes with Porsche.
The New Zealander commented that from a drivers’ view it would be ideal, jokingly saying it would help him with contract negotiations, but also said from a team’s view it maybe difficult to do in terms of the logistic side of it.
“From a drivers’ point of view I think it would be great to have more cars,” said Hartley.
“From a team’s point of view and all the other logistics that would entail, I don’t really know, it’s not my place. It would probably make 2019 contract negotiations a bit easier!
“But yeah, actually, from a drivers’ point of view it would be cool. I’m also used to having a few more team mates than maybe some of the other drivers on the grid.”