Cosworth pleased with F1 comeback
17 March 2010 – Cosworth was content with its performance in Bahrain after providing four of the twelve Formula 1 teams for a race weekend for the first time this year. The Northampton-based company returns to the fray in 2010 after last supplying Williams and Toro Rosso in 2006.
With Williams plus F1's three new teams running its engines, Cosworth powerplants can be located in more cars on the grid than those of any other engine supplier this year.
"After many months of work developing and implementing our return as an engine supplier to Formula 1, it was good to finally get the racing underway," said Mark Gallagher, the company's General Manager for its F1 Business Unit. "It was satisfying to see all four of our teams in action.
"From an engine performance point of view, I think we can be very satisfied with the performance of the CA2010 in Bahrain.
"Both Williams' drivers finished the race, with Rubens (Barrichello) picking up a point for tenth, while Lotus achieved a significant milestone in having both cars secure a classified finish. I have also spoken to several of the drivers who have given us positive and constructive feedback on the CA2010's performance and driveability.
"Virgin Racing have been able to take a lot of positives out of the weekend and Saturday's qualifying performance demonstrated the potential in the Virgin-Cosworth VR01. In HRT's case, the mere fact that they got two cars ready for the race was an achievement in itself and, in that respect, Cosworth's provision of the full electronics solution in only three weeks was a key factor.
"Bruno Senna's retirement was caused by a broken water fitting from the radiator, which meant he lost all the water from his car; the implications of that failure on his engine were apparent for all to see and the engine is being returned to our headquarters."