Minardi Cosworth supply confirmed

Minardi will be the third team alongside Jaguar and Jordan to be powered by Cosworth engines next year, it has been confirmed

Minardi Cosworth supply confirmed

The outfit has signed a one-year deal with the Ford-owned company, with "future options". The first V10 is set to be delivered shortly to Minardi's Italian base in Faenza, where the 2003 chassis is being built to accomodate the Cosworth.

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart said: "The KL Minardi team is extremely pleased to have concluded an agreement with Cosworth Racing, which sees the company become our official engine partner for 2003.

"The decision renews valued links the team has built up with Ford and Cosworth Racing over the years, and will provide KL Minardi with what is clearly the most competitive power unit in its 19-year history in Formula 1.

"In combination with the latest chassis, I'm sure we will have a very strong package for next season."

Minardi was powered by Cosworth engines in its maiden F1 season back in 1985. The team has used the company's motors in one form or another for all but six of the intervening 17 seasons.

Cosworth's commercial director Bernard Ferguson said: "We have enjoyed a strong relationship over the years, which has been built on mutual trust and respect. I am sure the team is going to go from strength to strength."

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