Ecclestone wants 10-team F1 field

Formula 1 would be better off with just 10 teams as long as Ferrari is one of them, according to Bernie Ecclestone.

The grid has been formed of 12 teams since the start of the 2010 season, when Lotus (now Caterham), Virgin (now Marussia) and Hispania (now HRT) joined the fray.

HRT will not be on the grid next year after failing to find a buyer before the payment deadline for 2013 entries.

Ecclestone admitted on Thursday that he will not miss the Spanish squad.

"I'd rather have 10 [teams]," Ecclestone told the Reuters news agency. "I never wanted 12.

"It's just that 10 is easier to handle, for the promoters, for transport. We'd rather have 10... so long as we don't lose Ferrari."

When asked if he ever considered the possibility of stepping in to save HRT, he said: "I wouldn't think that anyone would want to."