Williams F1 and Team-Lotus toggle to Renault engines in 2012, leaving Cosworth supplying just Virgin and HRT ahead of a costly upheaval in the rules in 2014. When it come back to F1 in 2010 Cosworth said that it needed a minimum number of customers to make its programme viable, but when asked if it can survive with two teams on its books, boss Mark Gallagher told Auto Motor und Sport: “We can.”
“We regard each of our customer contracts as a separate deal. Each has fixed costs: engine, support at the track, development, individual adjustment to the car. So there is a profit with each deal. With regards to 2012, instead of having three separate profits, there will be only two.” He added.
Chief executive Tim Routsis said: “In 2010 we supplied mainly new teams, and no one knew whether they would survive. It would not have made sense if we had not taken a potential collapse of one of these teams into account. As a fourth team, Williams was for us rather a bonus.”
“Adam Parr (Chairman) was always quite clear with us, saying from the outset that they would jump at the first chance of being with a car manufacturer,” he said.
Cosworth is delighted with the modifications of plan from four-cylinder to V6 engines to debut in 2014.
“For the four-cylinder there was no cost-curbing device,” Gallagher said. “The big manufacturers were counting on at least €60 million for development, while for us we are dependent on the payments from our customers.”
Gallagher said that the V6 rules restrict development costs much more effectively.
“We also have a customer guarantee,” Gallagher added. “Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault have committed that at least two customers will stay with us. Three would be ideal.”