Formula 1: Adding teams 'not a priority' says Stefano Domenicali

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali says that adding new teams to the grid is not a priority for the sport as things stand.

F1 is going through a huge period of growth with lots of interest from sponsors and venues who want to join the championship.

Indeed, it’s about as popular as it has ever been and, indeed, there appears to be growing interest from potential teams and manufacturers in joining the series.

Audi will be arriving as engine manufacturers with the sport revealing its new regulations around power units for 2026 earlier this year, whilst there’s also talk of them taking over one of the teams at some point.

Porsche have also been heavily linked with involvement in some capacity, though their potential collaboration for Red Bull is now off of the table.

Could we see extra teams on the grid to make for more than 20 cars starting a race, though? Domenicali says that that is not currently a priority for the sport:

“As always, you need to be balanced,” he said via Sky.

“You need to see all the things that are around the table. Having more drivers… at the end of the day there is always a limit at which you can go.

“Adding one or two, you may open up some driving seats. But we need to also have the right dimension in what is successful for the sport.

SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 26: (L-R) Stefano Domenicali, CEO of the Formula One Group, Mohammed ben Sulayem, FIA President, Oliver Hoffmann of Audi and Markus Duesmann Audi CEO announce that Audi will join F1 as an engine supplier from the 2026 season prior to practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 26, 2022 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

“I think in that respect there is the evaluation of the sustainability of the team, the evaluation of not being too crowded with that. So I would say in terms of priority, it is not really a need for Formula 1 today.”

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New teams on the F1 grid

Haas were the last ‘new’ team to join the grid midway through the last decade, though they have been several rebrands of already established garages like Racing Point becoming Aston Martin and Sauber running under the Alfa Romeo name.

20 cars feels like the bare minimum for F1, though, especially with how many talented drivers could be involved in the sport that are not, and though it’s not a priority for the sport as things stand it would certainly be nice to see more involved in the future.

The idea of an Audi or Porsche works team should be enough to excite any F1 fan, but time will tell as to what unfolds in that respect.

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