Theissen warns against sale of customer cars

Fri, 5 January 2007, 12:40

BMW chief Mario Theissen has warned that allowing teams to sell whole formula one cars to smaller competitors in 2008 and beyond is not a “good idea”.

Some teams are threatening legal action amid Toro Rosso and Super Aguri’s controversial plans for 2007, but Theissen insists that the rules should not even be freed up for the beginning of a new Concorde agreement next year.

“The original idea was to help smaller teams to become competitive in F1,” the German is quoted by the BMW-Sauber website as telling British media.

He added: “That is a good approach and it would certainly help them if they can buy a chassis instead of having to employ 300 people to design and build it.”

Theissen, however, baulked at the developing trend for ‘b’ or ‘satellite’ teams – such as Red Bull/Toro Rosso and Honda/Super Aguri – as rumours mount that Prodrive is hoping to link up with McLaren-Mercedes to buy a complete car for 2008.

“With the sale of chassis, I think we will very soon have six plus six teams — or six teams with four cars each,” Theissen warned.


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