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Posted by: IanSmithISA
Date: 01/02/2019 11:05
Good morning,

Whether running two teams makes sense seems to me to depend upon how much nerve the team owners have and how much nerve Liberty Media have.

If the Sauber team is little more than an assembler of Ferrari parts no matter how it is presented to the world then it is likely that the Sauber team can be run for less than the prize money they will receive.

If Alfa are willing to accept some sponsorship then this may be even more likely.

Whilst Williams, McLaren and Renault may scream what will Liberty do if Merc, Ferrari, Racing point, Haas and Red Bull all insist of the benefits of parts sharing?

With Sauber now apparently backed into the corner of "if you don't approve of us as a Ferrari B Team then we will have to close as we have no sponsors" then Liberty may be highly motivated to gloss over the situation.

I am somewhat confused by the Racing Point strategy as Stroll Senior talks about being "one of the greatest teams in the paddock", surely if this were to happen then parts sharing with Merc would stop?

It is hard to know what Red Bull's plan's are, but if they are serious about leaving F1 if the Honda engine is not good enough for them to win, Liberty may really have to accept and embrace the A and B team model.

Liberty being forced into banning or embracing A&B teams may turn out to be the saviour of F1 as a commercial operation even if it does mean the end of race winning private teams. A new generation of F1 viewers may be quite happy to embrace a grid of brands.

Bye

Ian

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