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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? :)
You might go with Salvo to say 1000 Hail Marys to make it happen!
But I would prefer a Minardi-BMW and not to have anything to do with TOIT.
Right now cost is no object to Peter as he has a contract with Petronas for them to finance his engines.
TOIT is already talking with Midlands about supplying them in 2006.
Jordan's Toyota deal is for 1 year.
The American owners of Cosworth, in my mind, would probably be looking to hand off their 2 teams to other suppliers and set themselves up to leave F1 in 2006 or 2007.
Frankly the way I see it is:
Red Bull - BMW
Sauber - Mercedes
Minardi - Renault or Cosworth
Midlands - TOIT or Cosworth
Dubai - Mercedes engines and chassis
I wouldn't bet one old lira.
In Maranello they still remember.
too good according to Toit at that time
Questions still linger as to whether or not the TOIT lumps were the way...
The Old Man and GCM had a special way. What we call TOIT is not what is used to be. It is quite Germanic in its dealings and I am not sure about a deal with them.
Lets get mid grid before getting excited.
Minardi-TOIT? Do I have to kick my own arse?
I still reckon Sauber will return to it's Merc roots.
I've been saying for two years that we should look at Renault. No reason, just wanted to say something is all.
Quigley: I recken that Ford was pretty surprised when Bennetton won those champs. The V8 wasn't a great engine against the V10's or even the V12 of TOIT and Ross Brawn's superb chassis really flattered that Ford lump.
[Edited on 28/12/2004 by Jello_Biafra]
Sauber: to build own v8 engine?
Red Bull: BMW customer engine?
So if all that rings true with other teams like midland coming on board and getting their first choice of ferrari engines, dubai racing being a real racing team and having the mercedes engines, it would look that minardi will only be on cosworths?
If that happens, then cosworth may decide to stop doing F1. Considering the amount of investment for a new v8 engine, they would at the very least want 2 teams to supply?