• Oct 22, 2009
As it turns out, the addition of four new teams, the departure of BMW Sauber and a massive game of musical chairs in the driver's market aren't the only big changes in store next year in Formula One. As this year's championship winds to a close, reports emerge that several teams are switching their engine partners for next year.

Following earlier reports that McLaren could fully divorce from Mercedes and acquire arch-rival BMW's engine operations, new reports indicate that both Red Bull and Williams are switching engine suppliers for the upcoming season. Williams announced a couple of weeks ago that it was terminating its deal with Toyota early due to dissatisfaction with the performance of the Japanese engine package. While the independent British team had reportedly been negotiating with Renault, inside information now indicates that Williams will take advantage of the new Cosworth package for next season instead.

Meanwhile, Red Bull could end up with the Cosworth package as well. The team has revealed that it is considering staying with Renault or alternatively switching to either Mercedes, Toyota or Cosworth. Unsatisfied with the Renault package and with McLaren reportedly vetoing RBR's tie-in with Mercedes, it's now apparently down to Toyota and Cosworth. Insiders point out that with the ban on engine development still in place for the returning manufacturers, Cosworth is the only provider capable of developing a new engine.

The two veteran teams would be joining Manor, Campos, Lotus and USF1 under Cosworth power. Ferrari, Renault and Toyota will, of course, continue building their own engines. If McLaren doesn't absorb BMW's engine department in time, it will likely stick with Mercedes, while Brawn and Force India are expected to continue with Mercedes power as well. That leaves Toro Rosso, which has yet to confirm if it will continue using Ferrari engines as it has for the past three seasons.

[Sources: Autosport and F1-Live]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Would have been cool if Williams signed with Renault for the motor, maybe they would have had a better chance of returning to their former glory when they were last using a Renault engine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Red Bull was doing quite well with the Renault engine this season I think, and I'm just feeling nostalgic :P
        • 5 Years Ago
        If Renault is such an awesome engine... why is Red Bull looking to get another motor for their 2010 RB chassis?

        Williams was paying Toyota & would have to pay Renault... they obviously are getting a sweeter deal from Cosworth!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's not a turbocharga...... THIS is a turbocharga!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The engine in the picture is a 2.65 liter turbo V8 from the CART series.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seeing that makes me long for the days of Champ Car/CART, which is what that engine is from. At least Cosworth is still selling engines.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Presumably that's not a picture of the actual Cosworth F1 engine or else the FIA started allowing turbocharging in F1 without telling me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That turbo is a great idea for a return, to bad it won't happen for the coming years.

      and aren't they using v10's? since this is a v8
        • 5 Years Ago
        No. V10s have been gone since 2006.

        F1 uses 2.4L V8s & are allowed only eight units per car for the entire season.