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F1′s major engine manufacturers want the FIA to drop regulations that guarantee customers for their rivals.
Currently, there are four engine makers on the grid — Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault and Cosworth. The latter independent supplier, however, is reportedly fighting for customers for 2012 and beyond, with Williams switching to Renault and rumours HRT could follow Team Lotus in also ending its association with Cosworth.
“Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of Europe’s most exciting and enjoyable celebrations of motorsport”
Cosworth Group will be showcasing its high performance engine and electronics technology at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, as the British engineering firm joins forces with BLOODHOUND SSC and Marussia Virgin Racing at the legendary UK automotive show.
Virgin on Thursday confirmed reports Nick Wirth has left the struggling team.
Chief executive Andy Webb told us in a statement that the decision followed a “comprehensive review” in the wake of Russian carmaker Marussia’s arrival as title sponsor and investor. The statement said “it is readily apparent that the team must take major steps in order to accelerate its rate of improvement”.
Virgin is in talks with McLaren and Mercedes about a technical collaboration for 2012.
That is the claim of the Italiaracing magazine, saying the situation could be similar to Force India’s current McLaren/Mercedes alliance. The report said struggling Virgin’s package would include the engine, transmission, KERS and rear suspension.
Villeneuve is apparently not involved with Pure
BAR team founder and Jacques Villeneuve’s former manager Craig Pollock has announced plans to head a new formula one engine supplier. He said Propulsion Universelle et Recuperation d’Energie, to be known as Pure, is already designing an engine for the new 2013 turbo regulations.
Superficially, the engine makers support the sport’s ‘green’ direction
Renault and Cosworth have written a letter to the FIA as F1 struggles to find agreement over a new engine formula for 2013. The FIA is pushing hard for turbocharged 4 cylinder engines with exhaust-heat KERS capabilities to replace the current normally-aspirated V8s, and aiming to rubber-stamp the rules at the World Motor Sport Council in December.
“But we are on stand-by for an interesting partnership”
Red Bull is not ruling out the possibility of building its own formula one engines in the future. Currently, the Austrian team uses customer Renault units, with the more competitive Mercedes-Benz units not available due to McLaren’s power of veto.
Lotus “had to pay compensation for the cancellation of the contract”
Lotus had to pay to be released from its 2011 contract with current engine supplier Cosworth. The parties agreed in principle at Monza last month to terminate the agreement, amid widespread reports Lotus is set to announce a comprehensive technical deal with Renault.
“Maybe we were a little bit too optimistic about the engine” – Wolff.
Williams’ third co-owner has admitted the British team considered changing engine suppliers for the 2011 season. Lotus is set to switch to Renault power at the end of the season, but Cosworth has announced that its other existing partners – Williams, HRT and Virgin – are staying put.
Bluntly, Australian Michael – technical director at Cosworth-powered Williams – denounces the saga as “bullshit”.
Sam Michael has scoffed at Red Bull’s claim that the Renault engines in the rear of the championship-leading RB6 are significantly down on power. Red Bull has consistently claimed its Renault V8 is up to 30 horse power behind, revealing that McLaren is blocking its move to industry leading Mercedes.
Renault not ruling out driver change for 2011
Lotus will reportedly confirm its switch to Renault engine power for the 2011 season during the August break. The new Malaysian-backed team is currently equipped with Cosworth engines, but Italia Racing believes a team announcement is due within two weeks.