Bernie: Constructors to help newbies

Date published: March 8 2012

Bernie Ecclestone has put forward the rather unusual proposal of allowing F1’s newcomers to run one-year-old cars courtesy of the bigger teams…

Bernie Ecclestone has put forward the rather unusual proposal of allowing F1’s newcomers to run one-year-old cars courtesy of the sport’s bigger teams.

Although all 12 teams are set to begin this year’s Championship, two outfits, HRT and Marussia, will do so without any serious testing of their 2012 cars.

Both teams, which are run on extremely small budgets compared to even some midfield teams, were forced to sit out pre-season testing after struggling to pass the mandatory crash tests.

And while it could easily be said that both outfits would normally start the season on the back foot, their failure to test has hampered them even more.

Ecclestone would like to see that situation changed.

“Yes and no,” he told Sky Sports News’ Special Report when asked if he had any sympathy for their plight.

“It’s like people sitting in a poker game and they’re sitting there with people that can really ante up and they can’t. They’ve only got one way to go out.

“If we reduce the necessity to spend to be competitive they may well become competitive.

“So that’s what we have to do – we have to find that way.”

And one way would be for the smaller teams, such as HRT and Marussia, to run one-year-old cars handed to them by constructor teams.

He added: “What I’ve been proposing is, perhaps, some of the teams at the bottom end of the grid should be able to run last year’s constructor’s car.

“So one of the other teams that you mentioned (HRT and Marussia) could run last year’s McLaren, or last year’s Red Bull, for three years until they get themselves together and then they have to go back to be a constructor.”