WRITE TO US Motorsport News Autosport Me­dia UK, Bridge House, 69 Lon­don Road, Twick­en­ham TW1 3SP Los­ing a team should be an alarm bell for the F1 pad­dock

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Manor Racing’s tur­bu­lent his­tory is in the mid­dle of cre­at­ing an­other chap­ter, with the news that it has gone into ad­min­is­tra­tion. It will leave the po­ten­tial F1 line-up for 2017 with just 20 cars.

As far as the bosses of F1 are con­cerned, it is not their prob­lem if a team can’t find a way to make ends meet. The mes­sage that the sport’s over­seers have put out over the last few sea­sons is that F1 is sur­vival of the fittest, and if the teams aren’t fit enough, then that is their prob­lem. The at­ti­tude is that they should not be spoon fed by the ring­mas­ters.

But those in charge need to take a se­ri­ous look at the way the sport di­vides its riches too. Yes, the suc­cess­ful teams do de­serve to have the lion’s share of the money, I have no prob­lem with that, but not so much that it un­der­mines the very in­fra­struc­ture of the sport.

Hav­ing the smaller teams at the back might not mean a great deal to the money men as they count their rev­enue streams from var­i­ous sources, but it means a lot to the fans, and also means a hell of a lot for the health of the sport. Are the F1 bosses go­ing to turn a blind eye un­til there are only three teams left? Matt James, Ed­i­tor MN,

A Mini ad­ven­ture at De­cem­ber’s Croft Christ­mas Stages, taken by Graham Lo­max Bob Sketch­ley went to the Bed­ford’s au­tosolo ...and Sketch­ley also snapped this Suzuki Ig­nis

Peter Atkins was at the Plum Pud­ding meet­ing

More from Mon­dello, by Mark Ashby Sam Wool­ridge’s pic of Dun­can Stephens

Mon­dello Rallysprint by Mark Ashby Graham Lo­max’s shot from Croft’s rally

Bob Sketch­ley at Shut­tle­worth Trust’s open day

Jan­uary 4

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