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GP Week : Issue 210
F1 >>> nEWs Three-car Formula 1 teams appear to be back on the agenda and one man who appears to support the concept is Bernie ecclestone. While the likes of McLaren’s Ron Dennis and Eric Boullier have dismissed the idea, Ecclestone recently told The Guardian that he thinks that there is merit in having eight three-car squads on the grid in the future. “We’ll know after the next two or three races,” he said. “It’s always been on the cards that if we lose up to three teams then the other teams will run three cars. “I think we should do it anyway. I would rather see Ferrari with three cars, or any of the other top teams with three cars than having teams that are struggling.” Teams such as Marussia and Caterham are clearly struggling in the current financial climate and rumours continue to suggest that a proposed buyout of Sauber by Canadian billionaire Lance Stroll is not going forward. three car teams ... again? sebastian Vettel almost certainly faces the prospect of a 10-spot grid penalty for running an extra engine sometime during the final five Grands Prix of the season. The German lost a major part of his Friday track time in Singapore with an engine problem that appears to have put the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) out of commission for the rest of the season. The unit in question was the fifth Vettel has used this season. The engine regulations stipulate that invoking a sixth engine carries with it a 10-spot penalty. Renault chief Remi Taffin explained that the motor in question, which was also planned for Friday use at Suzuka, was about half way through its expected life. “The engine was at something like half-life, so it was quite a surprise and quite a shame, because we still had a small chance to go through the season without introducing a sixth unit,” he said. “With this failure, we will have to commit to a sixth ICE.” Vettel, who qualified third in Singapore, was phlegmatic after the news broke. “We already knew that eventually we would have to use another (engine) this year. So I don’t think this changes too much of our planning.” Vettel will become the second driver to get a sixth- engine penalty this season. Fellow Renault user Danii Kvyat started the Italian GP 10 spots back after a sixth ICE was installed at Monza. seb's siXth sense 12 GPWEEK.com // 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: