Bernie Ecclestone recommended that F1 needs a Cosworth customer engine for teams to turn to following Ferrari confirm only offer engines to Toro Rosso, and Red Bull hints they could leave F1 at the end of 2015.
Last Friday German publication Auto Motor und Sport claim that the Ferrari are only willing to provide engines to Toro Rosso among fears that the former world champions would be ‘too strong’ even if armed with a year-old set of Ferrari V6 power.
Initially Ferrari had been in favour of supplying the four-time World Champions with 2015 engines but, after some debate, reportedly said no. Red Bull now face an even more uncertain future which could yet result in the team quitting Formula 1 – either that or making nice with Renault.
Four-time world champion, Red Bull Racing’s exit from the sport would, after all, be a disaster for the sport.
Other alternative option would be Honda, though the Japanese company has ruled out a supply deal as it attempts to resolve the problems, which have plagued its return to the grid with McLaren in 2015.
“There are more opportunities out there than people think,” Ecclestone told Sky Sports when asked about the possibility of Honda supplying Red Bull.
He added aAbout Ferrari situation: “Let’s see. A lot of the time people say no to something, they didn’t really mean no, they mean maybe. So let’s see.”
When the source asked if current manufacturers have too much power in F1, Ecclestone replied: “Up to a point, yes. If you had a team and Mercedes were supplying you with engines and they wanted a vote on something, you’d have to put your hand up and vote for whatever they wanted otherwise maybe you’re not going to get the engine you’re getting.
“We need another Cosworth — that’s basically what we want. Where you and I could start a team and know we could get an engine. Today we don’t know.”
The best option for Red Bull – being considered is the acquisition of Cosworth in Northampton, UK. This would existing an exciting challenge to Mercedes High Performance Power units, which is based only a few miles away; many of the current Mercedes engine builders came from Cosworth, including the boss Andy Cowell. They would fear losing key staff to the new outfit.