Formula 1: Emerson Fittipaldi calls for more teams on grid

Start of the 2022 French Grand Prix

Former Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi has revealed his hopes to see more cars on the grid in future years of the championship.

The F1 grid is at 20 cars at the moment and that is probably the lowest number you ever want to see in the sport, with 10 teams currently competing.

In the recent past, we’ve had as many as 22 or 24 cars on the field but in years gone by we’d often see a grid of nearly 30 cars, and that obviously made for more action up and down the pack.

Of course, you need to find a balance between quantity and quality and if more teams did enter the sport they would need to prove their worth both to F1 and the other teams in terms of what they can do and bring to the table, which seems to be where Andretti Autosport are finding obstacles at the moment, with the likes of Toto Wolff unsure what extra they would bring to F1 from a business sense compared to the likes of a Porsche or an Audi.

For Fittipaldi, though, the adding of extra cars would be a positive thing, with extra seats available to some of the talented drivers that, at the moment, cannot find their way onto the grid.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 22: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Ferrari F1-75 leads Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 and the rest of the field at the start during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 22, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

“In my opinion, we need more Formula 1 teams, for more seats to be available,” he said to Vegas Insider.

“They could have another two to three teams, another six cars. There will be many more possibilities for young drivers to come in F1.

“We need more seats in F1. That’s what we’re missing. We need more teams in F1 for sure.

“In the mid-70s, some Grands Prix had nearly 30 cars. We need more cars. It’ll be better for the sponsors, racing fans, for TV, and for the young talents that want to be in F1. It will give them more opportunity for sure.”

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