Respawn times (4players in a team)

Why does being in a team of 4 make your respawn time longer than a team who still has 5 players? I killed this guy at the same time as he killed me and his respawn time was 10 seconds lower which its massive considering we started with only 4 players. Shouldnt the game encourage teams with less manpower instead of punishing them even more?

Isn’t the respawn time linked to your character level? Weren’t you higher level than him?

I am pretty sure we were both level 10.

I had wondered why the respawn times fluxuated so much! It was a common belief that it increased the more times you died but when you die for the first time on a 23 kill streak and you stay dead for 45 seconds well that kinda busts that myth…