With BMW announcing this morning that it is to leave the sport at the end of the season, the remaining seven Formula One Teams' Association members have been in consultation with each other and the alliance has expressed its support to the Swiss-based team as an ongoing concern in
a manner similar to that of Honda last December.
FOTA, keen to see the series flourish with a good number of high calibre cars on the grid next year, has again suggested that third cars could be entered by its own members, subject to agreement from the sport’s governing body and commercial rights holder.
FOTA said that they are working towards various aims, one of which is increasing the involvement of the fans and at improving the show. "Among those initiatives, one that could be interesting is the introduction of a third car on the grid,” the team alliance said in a statement.
"FOTA will seek the opinions of all the most relevant stakeholders in order to exchange ideas and define proposals for the future of Formula One."
Manor, USF1 and Campos are expected to join Formula One next year, so with BMW Sauber bowing out of the sport, the series should boast at least 24 cars on the grid next year - assuming that the remaining seven FOTA members decide to remain in Formula One.