The issue with third cars in Formula 1

The issue with third cars in Formula 1

Ferrari chief Luca di Montezemolo is all for a relaxing of Formula 1's rules on teams running more than two cars in 2012, no matter the political implications. Dieter Rencken analyses how such a rule change might occur

No sooner had this column last week disclosed that the question of third cars being made available by the major teams to customer squads would become a hot topic ahead of negotiations to extend the 2010-12 Concorde Agreement, than Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo alluded to the matter during the weekend's Ferrari World Finals event at Mugello.

"Finally, there's the issue of the third car which, mark my words, we support not so much for our own interests, but more for those of the sport [Formula 1] in general. We believe the interest of the fans, media and sponsors could increase if there is a bigger number of competitive cars on track rather than cars that are two or three seconds off the pace, being lapped after just a few laps," said the Italian, tipped by many to succeed Silvio Berlusconi now that the scandal-engulfed prime minister has agreed to stand down.

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