Prost heads queue for 2002 Asiatechs

The Prost Formula 1 team looks set to be powered by Asiatech's V10 engines next year -but current customer Arrows is still to make a decision on whether to continue with the Peugeot-based units in 2002.

Prost heads queue for 2002 Asiatechs

Prost uses Acer-badged Ferrari units, at an estimated cost of £18 million per season, but could receive a much more favourable deal from Asiatech in return for giving a share in marketing and commercial rights to the company.

Arrows boss Tom Walkinshaw says Asiatech is improving on reliability - an Achilles' heel of Peugeot's original V10 - but must now make steps forward in power output. Only then will Walkinshaw make a decision on next year.

"The engines are beginning to be quite reliable," he told Autosport magazine. "Now they've got to work on getting a lot more power. When you come to a circuit like Montreal, you can see the difference between the really powerful engines and the ones that are lacking a little."

But if Prost commits to a switch to Asiatech, Walkinshaw's decision could be made for him. Asiatech technical director Enrique Scalabroni says no decision has been made yet on whether a second team could be supplied and supported.

"We are analysing what we will do and what team we will be working with next year," he said. "Then we will see if we are able to supply two teams. At the moment, it is difficult to say."

Arrows has its 2001 engine supply free of charge, but would have to pay for a supply in 2002. British American Racing has also been linked to an Asiatech deal, should Honda decide to concentrate on just Jordan next season - another decision yet to be taken.

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