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Fry Confident Third Car Rule will Stay

BAR boss Nick Fry is confident that the bottom six teams will still be allowed to run third cars next year, despite attempts to tighten up on the privilege

The allowance of a third car for Fridays was brought in to try and help the sport's smaller teams with their competitiveness and finances, by being allowed to run a pay-driver.

But with top teams BAR and McLaren having had the benefit of running the third cars, moves are being made to try and limit the allowance for third cars to just the bottom four teams.

That would rule BAR out of being able to run a third car next year, although Fry has told Autosport-Atlas that he believes the changes will not be put through.

"In my view it will stay as it is," he said. "There is always the argument every year because no matter what everyone says the third car is a big advantage. Don't let anyone say otherwise.

"We had it and we lost it and it is much more difficult to choose tyres with two cars rather than three. With the third car McLaren will know by the end of the first session on Friday what tyres they are going to use. If you only have two cars, with the running you do you end up choosing on Friday night.

"Those who have gained from it know that if they are not going to have it next year the competitive advantage goes to other people. As far as we are concerned there is nothing changing on that."

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