JULY 30, 2002
Sources at Cosworth Racing, for example, say that there is no problem supplying four teams with engines next year but in order to do that the four teams concerned will all need to make a commitment by the middle of August. In other words between now and Hungary. The likelihood of Jaguar Racing, Arrows, Jordan and Minardi all being in a position to sign on the dotted line is very slim and so Cosworth is unlikely to go ahead with production planning for four engine supplies. There is a similar deadline in the autumn for the possibility of three supplies as the manufacture of parts needs to begin by then.
In other words, decisions are needed - and quickly.