JUNE 17, 1996
...and talks to Chrysler
Chrysler engine designer Mike Royce was in Montreal to deliver a technical paper to the Society of Automotive Engineers but spent a lot of his weekend at the race track. Chrysler withdrew from F1 at the end of 1993 but in recent weeks has been rumored to be considering a return to the sport.
TWR's marketing boss Daniele Audetto - who was managing-director of Lamborghini Engineering before he joined Walkinshaw - flew to Detroit after the Canadian GP to meet with other Chrysler engineers - notably the company's vice-president (vehicle engineering) Francois Castaing, who headed Renault Sport's technical team in the early 1980s.
Walkinshaw is believed to be talking to a variety of manufacturers about a possible badging deal for his engine but is still hoping to be able to sign up with Honda to receive factory engines when the company returns to F1 in 1998.