As excited as we all are heading into this month's Le Mans 24 Hours with the prospect of all three manufacturers fighting it out for victory, we should not forget that there are only nine cars competing in the premier class. That's not a low point of recent years - there were only eight in 2013 - but it is a problem.
We all want to see the factory big guns slugging it out for the honour of winning the world's greatest motor race, but can it be right that there are fewer than 10 cars in the division that everyone cares about? It makes for a lopsided grid when you consider that the LMP2 and GTE each have double the number of cars with 23 and 27 entrants respectively.
The reduction of the Le Mans campaigns by Porsche and Audi from three to two cars in the name of cost-saving hasn't helped the P1 car count, and nor has the disappearance of Nissan. But the real problem is the lack of privateers.