Whats the time Mr Wolff? Time to bring up the old three car teams thing again. Yes thanks to Toto Wolff, who is executive director of Williams Grand Prix holdings and not responsible for the 80's hit "Africa"(as far as I know), the three car team debate is back again. Should teams be allowed to run 3 cars if they want too? Would that up the competition or just create a monoply. The idea was really pushed by Ferrari back in 2009 and whilst I was against the idea at the time I can't help but wonder how much fun it would have been to watch Alonso, Massa and Schumacher all in the same team. The fact its being brought up by Mr Wolff is not just random. This year Williams have quite clearly gone for drivers who are able to supply them with the funds needed to build the kind of car they wanted and its worked, this years Williams is the best and most competitve car we've seen from them since 2003, however the two drivers they have seem to think they are driving in wacky races and whilst pulling off some good results more often than not everything has ended up in tears whilst a young talented Finnish driver named Bottas (I may have mentioned him a few times this year) has sat on the sidelines itching to get in the race seat. What Mr Wolff means when he says "Ideally we'd like to run 3 cars next season" is ideally we'd like to keep Bruno and Pastor on so we have the funds to build on what we have now but we'd like to have Bottas out there in the races to maxamise the results. Whilst I've always been against the 3 cars in a team rule this last bit has made me stop and think. Would having 3 cars allowed to run mean the less funded teams would be able to get there funding to be competitive by running the drivers with the funds as well as sneaking in an extra less funded bit of talent? A have your cake and eat it scenario. Certainly there are teams in this situation. HRT have Clos on the sidelines, Caterham have Rossi. Marussia would have loved to have kept hold of D'ambrosio this season. Toro Rosso didn't really want to get rid of Buemi. Ferrari were desprete to get Bianci a seat and Merc the same with Sam Bird. Would the three car rule have allowed all these drivers to compeate this year and have a shot at showing what they are worth? Well, maybe - the problem with three cars a team is that it would actually give the back end teams less oppotunity. If all the teams ran 3 cars it would mean we would have 10 cars too many for the grid of 26 max. With the cars how they are that would mean 3 HRTs, 3 Marussia's and 3 Caterham's would not be in the race and probably 1 Toro Rosso (although thst scrap to not be the 27th car would be mighty!) which defeats the purpose of my whole other argument. It could of course create more oppotunity at the front. If the top teams were running 3 cars would they be more likely to take a gamble on a youngster. Would Ferrari have thrown Perez or Bianchi into their thrid car this year? Would Red Bull have bumped up Buemi, Vergne or Ricciardo? Merc might have taken a gamble on Di Resta or the Enstone based team might have given D'Ambrosio a chance in a competitve car. Its quite exciting to think about what these guys might have done in the current cars. Of course it would defeat the purpose of the new scoring system in that the 3 top teams would once again take the majority of the points home. Not a problem this season as its so competitive but in some season you could imagine it would get boring. Plus it is open to abuse as well. Would Mclaren just stick Gary Parfett in the third car and have him perform tests on their upgrades during races every weekend? Would Ferrari employ a mobile chicane in their third driver to just block the other guys helping Alonso to scamper off into the distance? I think I still come down on the side of no on this one but but it is interesting to debate and would love to hear your guys views on it all. One idea I did think of was that a team would be allowed to run a third car but the driver in the third car could not have raced 21 or more Grand Prixs - that would mean the teams would have to give the oppotunity to younger drivers coming through. thoughts?