Does F1's grid size matter?

Does F1's grid size matter?

With 18 cars entered for this weekend's United States Grand Prix thanks to Caterham and Marussia not going, EDD STRAW asks whether a smaller field means fewer thrills

It only takes two cars to make a race. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have proved that numerous times in 2014.

So from a sporting perspective, does the fact that just 18 cars will be on the grid for Sunday's United States Grand Prix, thanks to Caterham and Marussia both missing the trip to Austin, really weaken the spectacle of an Formula 1 race?

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