Formula One teams divided on having new entrants in 2021
As of now, two teams have shown more than a passing interest in joining the grid. Campos Racing, who race in Formula 2 and Formula 3, are keen on adding a bit of Spanish flavour.
As Formula One, the pinnacle of motorsport braces for some sweeping changes for the 2021 season, there is a possibility that new teams will dip their wheels and make it to the starting grid for the season-opener at Albert Park in Australia.
But the reactions were mixed when it came to the current teams, who are fighting it out in the Championship. As of now, two teams have shown more than a passing interest in joining the grid. Campos Racing, who race in Formula 2 and Formula 3, are keen on adding a bit of Spanish flavour.
It has been reported that they have already started putting the blocks in place by hiring former F1 engineers Peter McCool as the technical director and Ben Wood as chief aerodynamicist.
Meanwhile, another team Panthera Team Asia F1, too have got things going and have already opened a temporary base near the Silverstone Circuit in England.
And while a few were more than delighted to see new teams make it, a few were also a bit apprehensive and wanted to keep it as a closed circle.
Zak Brown, the McLaren team principal, felt that it would be great for the sport if new teams came along in 2021. "I think it would be great to see another team in the sport," Brown said at the Yas Marina Circuit.
And while the 48-year-old did say more the merrier, he did caution that teams coming in should have quality rather than arrive to just make up the numbers. "I think that (indistinct) we've got a new race market, that creates excitement and so as long as it's a quality racing team I think it would just add excitement and opportunity. With television's up, sponsorship's up, fan appeal is up and therefore the more the sport can grow the better," added the American,
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolfff though, felt that there should be discussion it. "The sport is just about to turn into a new opportunity (with the changes in 2021).. Should we be looking out for new teams? If there is interest in joining the grid with a solid foundation, big brands why not have the discussion," said Wolff.
"But I think we should all 10 of us be proud of being part of the limited grid, we should be conscious about the opportunity and the possibility that lies ahead and concentrate on making it a good business for everybody," added the Austrian.
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto too echoed Wolff. "I think the first objective should not look around but try to retain what we've got and only after, eventually," Binotto said.
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