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F1's relationship with customer cars has been contradictory through history, and the development of the current form of B-teams has led to scorn inside and outside the paddock. But a glance at MotoGP shows how they can key to F1's future
The jury was always out on customer cars in Formula 1. Though a huge part of the category's formative years, in which private entrants frequently bought up machinery from the likes of Lotus and March, 21st-century variants were looked upon with greater disdain.
Some weren't particularly happy that the Super Aguri team could get away with buying up previous-spec Hondas, or that Toro Rosso could use the same car as sister squad Red Bull. The resulting opposition nipped a potential Prodrive entry in the bud, the title-winning touring car and rallying company having agreed a deal with McLaren to buy its cars for 2008.
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