12 January 2023
Despite the F1 organisation’s lack of enthusiasm for more than ten competing teams, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has announced an Expression of Interest process, allowing potential new teams to apply to the travelling show.
Toto Wolff leads the protest and explains that some team bosses told him ten teams are more than enough, with various reasons proffered. However, in some quarters, it is felt that they do not want to share the vast spoils generated by F1 and growing like Topsy.
Who are these newcomers?
Honda has already signed up as an engine supplier until 2026; having seen the success of Red Bull racing and constructors’ championship, and recently named Red Bull Powertrains and not Honda, they are probably regretting their decision to pull out.
Porsche failed to join Red Bull but is keen to get into F1.
Mario Andretti, already in IndyCar and Formula E, has joined Cadillac and is keen to enter F1.
Panthera Asia F1 have stated they are open to working with Calvin Lo, the Hong Kong-based billionaire, who has previously declared he was exploring a way of ‘getting onto the grid.’
With 23 races and 28 drivers, will a spectacle or disaster materialise?