A failed F1 third-car attempt
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A failed F1 third-car attempt

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The spectre of third entries and customer cars has been raised by Formula 1's current grid crisis. But such a solution did not help the stillborn Middlebridge project, as SAM SMITH explains

As modern professional sports go, Formula 1 has consistently proved to be one of the hardest to enter, let alone succeed in. As 2015 testing cranks up and new stories break, the ghost of Caterham grows fainter while Manor/Marussia struggles to be reanimated.

It is no secret that F1's current constitution is a wholly unsuitable environment for running a lasting independent and healthy team. With at least three current midfield F1 teams currently facing unsettled and largely uncertain futures, three-car teams have been mooted as a possible solution in the latter part of the current decade.

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