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Sauber BMW? Minardi TOIT?
Ok, many of you would have read the reports about how BMW are reconsidering supplying a second team from 2006 on. In my opinion, that's likely to go to Sauber if they want it as their deal with TOIT I believe has only this year to run, and you'd think that their relative lack of success, coupled with the high cost of the Italian engines, and the Swiss way of dealing with Germans if the price is right (hoho) would see them the frontrunners to land the BMW supply. I've also got the feeling that Peter Sauber would like to get out from under the Ferrari umbrella, reading between the lines recently.
Now, where does this leave Minardi? Consider this: TOIT will need to supply someone, Jordan doesn't have the cash and I doubt would go with TOIT anyway, as Toyota I think have them locked up for 2 years (??) and TOIT aren't going to supply Judas on the cheap. So this leaves them with Minardi, Red Bull, one of the newcomers, or not supplying anyone......
I can see the new American owners of Cosworth doing all they can to hold on to the contract to supply Red Bull and try to get hold of one of the other new teams. Let's also assume that only one of the new teams come to fruition.
TOIT will want to supply someone, even if it's a cheap deal, to offset their costs as they're not in the luxury position that BMW, Mercedes, and Toyota are in that money's no object. Is that supply going to Minardi? :)