(Williams Martini Racing Team)
Williams Martini Racing deputy team principal Claire Williams has confirmed that if the need arose for team's to run a third car then the Grove based outfit would do just that. Formula One commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone has stated that the teams are currently in discussions about the possibility of running three cars next season.
Ecclestone's comments come amid reports that the Sauber F1 Team along with Marussia and possibly Caterham could potentially fold at the end of the season.
If that were to happen it would mean that eight teams would run three cars next season. It had been suggested recently that the Sauber F1 Team were about to be bought my Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll however it now appears that those talks have stalled with the Canadian apparently holding discussions with the Marussia F1 Team instead.
It was also reported in the paddock this afternoon that Sauber F1 Team boss Monisha Keltenborn was called to a meeting with Bernie Ecclestone following the final practice session in Singapore today to discuss the teams current situation.
Williams stated that although it would not be ideal to run a third car next season her team would do just that. However she warned the sport needs to concentrate on the team's they already have. She said:
'To be having this conversation now shows just where we are as a sport, We need to be working harder to ensure that we protect the teams we have on our grid, to ensure that competition that I don’t necessarily think having three-car teams brings.'
Williams concluded by saying:
'We want to have a healthy grid of ten teams all fielding two cars, not four teams fielding three cars. That’s not, for Williams, that’s not the DNA of our sport.'
© Ben Johnston 2014