Minardi to secure Supertec supply

The Minardi Formula 1 team is confident it can secure a supply of Supertec engines for next year, according to team chief executive Gabriele Rumi

Minardi to secure Supertec supply

With current supplier Ford halting its customer supply at the end of the year, the Italian team is in need of a new power unit. There were doubts surrounding the future of Supertec after Renault bought the Benetton team, as strong links exist between between Supertec and the French car giant. However, Rumi is confident a deal can be done.

"The engine supply contract hasn't been finalised," he said, "but it will be Supertec. This is our only option, but it is a good engine and further advanced than the one we have at the moment.

"We are talking to our current sponsors about budgets and renewals, and as a result of these talks, in two or three weeks, we will announce our drivers. Our financial situation is such that our choice will be influenced by sponsors."

Formula 3000 ace Fernando Alonso impressed Minardi when he tested for the team at Fiorano last November. The young Spaniard's chances of securing a race seat depend largely on whether major sponsor Telefonica remains with the team.

Team boss Giancarlo Minardi has not ruled out the possibility of a motor manufacturer buying a share in his team, but he has strenuously denied that South African businessman Ricardo Ferrari is poised to take over.

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