Prema would consider F1 customer car entry

Leading Formula 2 outfit Prema would be open to running a single-car Formula 1 entry if grand prix racing were to permit customer cars, says team boss Rene Rosin.

Prema would consider F1 customer car entry
Charles Leclerc, PREMA Powerteam
Antonio Fuoco, PREMA Powerteam
 Charles Leclerc, PREMA Powerteam
 Charles Leclerc, PREMA Powerteam
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF70H
 Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing RB13
Antonio Giovinazzi, Haas F1
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF70H

Prema currently has its drivers fighting for the championship in Italian and German F4, European F3 and F2 - and fields five Ferrari-affiliated juniors across the three levels.

Rosin says the outfit, which dominated F2's predecessor GP2 upon its arrival last year, would be keen to evaluate operating an F1 team if the rules were relaxed to allow smaller ‘junior’ squads to run single-car entries.

“Why not?” he told Motorsport.com. “Formula 1 is a dream for every team; not only for drivers, but also for engineers.

“Of course I know that it’s a dream, and it would be really difficult to obtain it.

“There needs to be a lot of changes in the structures of motorsport to do something to arrive at that point.

“It depends on how everything is organised, and in the case of a customer car I think it’s possible to be organised.

"But of course with the situation as it is today, no – it’s something that needs to be planned, needs to be agreed and needs to be developed, also in terms of regulations.”

"No sense" in F1 if Leclerc doesn't make it

Meanwhile, Rosin reckons that F1 will have lost the plot if Prema's runaway F2 points leader Charles Leclerc doesn't graduate to grand prix racing in 2018.

He also argues that Pierre Gasly and Antonio Giovinazzi, who made up Prema's dominant GP2 roster last year, are overdue a shot.

Red Bull Junior Gasly has combined a Super Formula programme in Japan with Red Bull F1 reserve duties this season, while Ferrari reserve Giovinazzi raced twice for Sauber at the beginning of 2017 as understudy to the injured Pascal Wehrlein and is now taking part in Friday free practice sessions for Haas.

“Drivers like Antonio, like Pierre, like Charles should be in Formula 1 because they fully deserve it,” Rosin said.

“How Charles is managing everything this year is something really incredible so he really deserves a chance.

“I think that they have to put him in the [F1] car, otherwise what’s the sense of the junior formulas? What’s the sense of Formula 1 either if we are not able to promote the best drivers to the field?

“Stoffel Vandoorne now is in Formula 1, but also in the beginning [as reigning GP2 champion] he was parked in Super Formula.

“If these drivers are not able to get into Formula 1, what is the sense in having Formula 2, Formula 3 and Formula 4?

"These kids are all dreaming of F1, and if they’re not able to do that there’s no sense in it.”

shares
comments
First half of F1 2017 season in statistics
Previous article

First half of F1 2017 season in statistics

Next article

Hamilton/Bottas cooperation has "exceeded expectations" - Wolff

Hamilton/Bottas cooperation has "exceeded expectations" - Wolff
Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons: Villeneuve and Leclerc Prime

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons: Villeneuve and Leclerc

Gilles Villeneuve's exploits behind the wheel of a Ferrari made him a legend to the tifosi, even 40 years after his death. The team's current Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc enjoys a similar status, and recently got behind the wheel of a very special car from the French-Canadian’s career.

Formula 1
Jun 24, 2022
How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock Prime

How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock

Porpoising has become the key talking point during the 2022 Formula 1 season, as teams battle to come to terms with it. An FIA technical directive ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix and a second stay appearing on the Mercedes cars only served to create a bigger debate and raise tensions further

Formula 1
Jun 23, 2022
Does Max Verstappen have any weaknesses left? Prime

Does Max Verstappen have any weaknesses left?

Having extended his Formula 1 points lead with victory in Canada, Max Verstappen has raised his game further following his 2021 title triumph. Even on the days where Red Bull appears to be second best to Ferrari, Verstappen is getting the most out of the car in each race. So, does he have any weaknesses that his title rivals can exploit?

Formula 1
Jun 22, 2022
How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector Prime

How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector

In 2026, Formula 1 plans to make the switch to a fully sustainable fuel, as the greater automotive world considers its own alternative propulsion methods. Biogasoline and e-fuels both have merit as 'drop-in' fuels but, equally, both have their shortcomings...

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
The breakthrough behind Sainz's best weekend of F1 2022 so far Prime

The breakthrough behind Sainz's best weekend of F1 2022 so far

OPINION: Carlos Sainz came close to winning in Monaco but needed that race’s specific circumstances for his shot at a maiden Formula 1 victory to appear. Last weekend in Canada, he led the line for Ferrari in Charles Leclerc’s absence from the front. And there’s a key reason why Sainz has turned his 2022 form around

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
Why “faster” Ferrari couldn’t beat Red Bull in Canadian GP Prime

Why “faster” Ferrari couldn’t beat Red Bull in Canadian GP

On paper the Canadian Grand Prix will go down as Max Verstappen’s latest triumph, fending off late pressure from Carlos Sainz to extend his Formula 1 world championship lead. But as safety car periods, virtual and real, shook up the race Ferrari demonstrated it can take the fight to Red Bull after recent failures.

Formula 1
Jun 20, 2022
Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Prime

Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Plenty of high scores but just a single perfect 10 from the first Montreal race in three years, as Max Verstappen fended off late pressure from Carlos Sainz. Here’s Autosport’s assessment on the Formula 1 drivers from the Canadian Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jun 20, 2022
The in-demand helmet designer creating works of art for F1's best Prime

The in-demand helmet designer creating works of art for F1's best

GP Racing’s OLEG KARPOV pays a visit to designer Jens Munser, to observe the production of Mick Schumacher’s special helmet for the Miami Grand Prix. What follows is some fascinating insight on the mindsets of Mick’s dad Michael, and family friend Sebastian Vettel

Formula 1
Jun 19, 2022