Famous engine supplier to remain on Formula One grid
The Minardi team have signed a deal to continue using Cosworth engines for the 2006 Formula One season, with an option for 2007.
The arrangement will see Minardis 2006 cars powered by a further development of the Northamptonshire company's TJ 90-degree engine. This follows the team's initial experience of the TJ2005 V10 in recent tests of their new PS05 car at Mugello and during the San Marino Grand Prix weekend at Imola.
"We have been exceptionally impressed with the TJ2005 engine just in the short time we have been running it in the PS05, said Minardi team principal Paul Stoddart. We can't praise highly enough the power, driveability and reliability of the new power unit, and we are more than pleased to demonstrate our belief in Cosworth by entering into this contractual arrangement at an early stage of the new season.
In terms of engine supply, this is definitely the right way for Minardi to go. The team has enjoyed a strong relationship with Cosworth over the years, and on both a technical and a personal basis, we now look forward to continuing that excellent relationship."
The Minardi agreement guarantees a continued Cosworth presence in Formula One racing for the foreseeable future, following Red Bull Racings announcement at Imola that they are to switch to Ferrari power for 2006.
Cosworth is delighted to be extending its partnership with Minardi into 006, as it's a team with which we have enjoyed a longstanding, and close relationship over the years, said Cosworth managing director Tim Routsis. "It's also fair to say there are mutual benefits in such an arrangement.
"On the one hand, it has always been an integral part of Cosworth's philosophy to test its products to the limit at the top levels of international motorsport. On the other, it is pleasing for our company, which is now an independent engine manufacturer, to continue to support one of the last true independent teams on the Formula One grid."