Cosworth general manager Mark Gallagher says their engine is more competitive than results have shown this year.
The three Cosworth-engined teams are in the bottom four places in the constructors’ championship. Williams are the only Cosworth user to have scored points, and they will be switching to Renault power from next year.
Gallagher said: “The CA2011 is a competitive unit, more than the results have suggested so far this year. We have a powerful unit and have also continued to demonstrate Cosworth?óÔé¼Ôäós proven reliability, which is vital for our teams to have confidence in the product.
“We have seen a couple of issues, much as one would expect given how hard the engines are pushed, but we have had a good season on the reliability side of things ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ probably among the best in the sport ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ as shown again by all six Cosworth-powered cars finishing yesterday?óÔé¼Ôäós Hungarian Grand Prix.
“There is not a lot of difference in performance between the four engine manufacturers in Formula 1 currently. We are always listening to the feedback from our teams and looking at ways to optimise the performance of the engine for each race.
“The Cosworth engine has good reliability and excellent all-round performance, and I remain convinced that it has the potential to win races in the right car. We have to continue to work hard with all three teams and also look to future developments; I believe Marussia Virgin Racing and HRT F1 will make another good step in 2012.”
Gallagher added Cosworth will develop a V6 turbo engine for the 2014 regulations: “We have welcomed the new regulations and signed up to the V6 along with the other manufacturers.
“Designing new engines is part of the lifeblood of Cosworth, so we have a highly motivated and hugely experienced team of engineers and designers at Northampton looking forward to bringing this new unit to market.
“It?óÔé¼Ôäós not the first V6 turbo F1 engine we’ve done, so it’s not as though we are moving into uncharted territory even if some of the requirements are indeed unique!
“Meanwhile, we have been working alongside our competitors to incorporate a resource restriction agreement on these new regulations to lay sensible and firm foundations for all engine manufacturers in Formula One moving forwards.”
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