The car that wins the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix will (almost certainly) not be powered by a Cosworth engine, but that should not prevent us all from paying public homage to the wonderful job that the boys from Northampton have done these past few months.
It isn't often that something can accurately be described as both cheapest and best, but received paddock wisdom suggests that, at the moment, the latest Cosworth V8 is indeed both those things.
All teams routinely carry out acoustic analysis of their own and one another's engines during tests - and, although all engineers tend to be obdurately tight-lipped about their own motor's rpm and bhp figures, they're often only too willing to reveal (off the record, of course) their estimates of rivals' grunt. The likelihood, then, derived via averaging out such nudges and winks, is that the new Cossie tops the list with 745bhp.
We know that the Williams FW28 that this punchy V8 will propel isn't ugly, but we don't yet know whether it's good or bad. And we don't know that because it has been running, and will continue to run, on Bridgestones - and, compared with the latest Michelins on which Anthony Davidson's Honda 008 stopped the clocks at 1:08.540 for a lap of Valencia last Friday, the Bridgestones are looking pretty bad. This, despite the fact that the development budget that created the Japanese rubber significantly eclipses what Michelin spend annually on Formula One.