Cosworth is an "option" for the Williams team in 2010, co-owner Patrick Head has been quoted as saying.

Cosworth is an "option" for the Williams team in 2010, co-owner Patrick Head has been quoted as saying.

With Toyota's future on the grid in doubt and its V8 thought to be the least powerful in formula one, the independent British team Williams is openly on the lookout for a new engine supplier.

Head told reporters at Monza last weekend that, contrary to reports, Mercedes was not an option for the Grove based outfit despite earlier preliminary talks.

But while Renault is considered the frontrunner to supply Williams next year, particularly if the currently Renault-powered Red Bull Racing moves to Mercedes power, the French carmaker's commitment to F1 is also in doubt.

A report on the Dutch formule1.nl website quotes Head as saying the Renault situation, particularly in view of the forthcoming World Motor Sport Council hearing, "certainly doesn't make it easier" for Williams to cement its engine plans.

He is also quoted by Stuttgartern Rosen as saying Cosworth is "an option".

Cosworth, the British engine maker returning to F1 next year as the FIA's official supplier, is already contracted to supply the new Campos, USF1, Manor and Lotus teams.

Williams was Cosworth's last F1 partner in 2006.

 

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