Three new teams have "confirmed" their entry for the 2010 world championship, according to Bernie Ecclestone.

Three new teams have "confirmed" their entry for the 2010 world championship, according to Bernie Ecclestone.

Presumably on the back of the FIA's newly announced voluntary budget cap for next year, the F1 chief executive told the AP news agency that the grid is set to swell to 26 cars.

He did not name the other two teams but suggested the USF1/USGPE team is among the new entrants.

"We've got a lot of people confirmed," the 78-year-old added.

Ecclestone also contradicted an FIA spokesperson when he denied that the governing body needs to consult with the teams before reproposing the 'winner takes all' scoring system for 2010.

"It won't be necessary to discuss it with anybody. Providing the regulations are out before they enter the championship, that's how it is," he said.

The Briton slammed the current system, with 2 points between race winners and second place, and points all the way down to eighth place, as "completely mad".

 

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