Thanks to Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff, still trying to find somewhere to place junior drivers Esteban Ocon and George Russell in 2019, the oft-mooted notion of three-car teams has reappeared on the agenda in recent weeks.
It remains one possible solution for the big problem F1 currently faces - a shortage of seats, and hence a lack of opportunities for young drivers. Russell himself has neatly summed up the situation in which he now finds himself.
"I feel like F1 is currently lacking at least two teams," the Formula 2 championship leader noted. "We only have 20 cars on the grid, and as a young driver trying to break into that 20 is extremely difficult. I think the idea of a third car, or something along those lines, is a very good idea.