There was a rumour doing the rounds at the Abu Dhabi GP, the penultimate round of the 2018 UIM World F1 championship that there could be changes to the number of drivers allowed to represent any one team.
Although the hierarchy at the Abu Dhabi International Marine Club (ADIMC) and team manager Guido Cappellini were obviously delighted with the way the season unfolded as their three boat team dominated the championship, often filling the top three places on the podium, this is not an ideal situation for the F1H2o series from a marketing point of view. Spectator and media enthusiasm may well be compromised if one team appears to be unbeatable, and even more so if three boats from the same team tend to dominate the podium at most events.
Consequently, preliminary discussions have been taking place between UIM World F1 management, the UIM and team leaders to consider bringing out a new rule which would limit each F1 team to two boats. If this is implemented next season where would that leave the three boat team Abu Dhabi? One of their drivers would have to part company with the club. In actual fact, the UAE capital’s driver line-up would be the only organisation affected by this new ruling, although Team Maverick has added an occasional third guest driver to their team (i.e. Mette from Norway). Theoretically, the ADIMC could get around the ruling by introducing another team in their line-up with hypothetically speaking Shaun Torrente and Thani Al Qemzi in AD 1 and Erik Stark and Rashid Al Qemzi in AD 2. However, you could then have an embarrassing situation where all four boats filled the top four places in the championship, but that’s a problem that would need to be addressed if it ever arose.