Todt: FIA may open tender for new teams


FIA president Jean Todt insists teams will always come and go in F1, but concedes his organisation is considering opening up tendering for new outfits.

There were fears that only nine teams would make it onto the 2015 grid after both Caterham and Marussia went into administration at the backend of the 2014 campaign.

However, Manor Marussia's last-minute scramble means they will start the first race of the season in Australia next week.

Another team, the American-backed Haas F1 Team, are expected to join the sport in 2016, and Todt says they may invite more teams to apply for a place on the grid.

"I am not happy for Marussia and Caterham and I sympathise for them, but it has always happened," he told the New York Times

He added: "But in 2016 we have a new team coming. And we may make a tender again for one or two teams to encourage teams. And try to reduce the costs."

Reducing costs remain a major stumbling block for smaller teams while the new engine regulations have also led to a lot of criticism, but Todt insists they have made the right choice.

"I feel it is one of the few sensible decisions which has been taken over the last period," he said about the new V6 engine rule. "Formula One is the pinnacle of motor sport, so we must be an example to society. It is not all happening in a kind of closed golden-gated community where nothing is happening on the other side of the world."