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Why F1 must bring back 'bad' minnow teams
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Why F1 must bring back 'bad' minnow teams

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Formula 1 needs to encourage new entrants to join the pack not just to increase grid sizes, but to open up more opportunities for drivers, help showcase how good the current teams are and revive the loveable minnow ideal.

Bad Formula 1 teams don't exist anymore. Somebody will always be at the back, but everything is relative and even the weakest performer these days is, at worst, a credible and effective grand prix team.

This is one of the side effects of how enormous and complicated teams have become. They are now substantial edifices; even the smallest employ hundreds of people and spend vast sums of money to design, build and operate some of the most elaborate and specialised machines on the planet. Even to build a car and get on the grid requires formidable infrastructure and able personnel.

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