Team USF1, which plans to be on the grid at the start of next season, is "seriously" evaluating using the standard Cosworth engine in 2010, AUTOSPORT has learned.
Although team chiefs Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor said at the launch of their outfit in February that they would approach every manufacturer on the grid, it has now been revealed that a deal with Cosworth may actually suit it better than alignment with a car maker.
"The engine decision is part of the whole rebirth that F1 is going through right now," sporting director Windsor told AUTOSPORT. The Cosworth engine is certainly an attractive proposition. It is homologated, those guys were doing a great job with Red Bull Racing when Red Bull suddenly switched to Renault.
"A lot of people who were at Cosworth have left, but equally there are a lot of good people still there too. That is a really interesting thing for us. The idea of working with a small specialist company is kind of in-tune with the way we are operating as a race team as well."
When asked if Cosworth was Team USF1's preferred option, Windsor said: "I wouldn't say preferred, but it is definitely an option we are looking at very, very seriously."