According to the latest rumours, Force India are considering switching to a new engine supplier for the 2009 season.
The Silverstone-based team are currently using Ferrari’s 2.4L V8 engine however according to some reports, Force India may switch to Honda engines from 2009. Swiss magazine Motorsport Aktuell has reported that that Force India bosses have already met with Honda bosses to open a dialogue between the two teams.
Although Force India have a contract with Ferrari, it is understood that Honda would be offering a package of engines plus the news KERS system at a much lower price than Ferrari, and it is the cost factor that is attracting the Force India team. It is believed that Honda’s initial asking price is 10 million Euros per season less than Ferrari’s, however it is rumoured to come with the caveat that Takuma Sato must be given a race-seat at Force India.
Since the demise of Super Aguri earlier this year, it is believed that Honda are looking for other ways to increase their Formula One presence and selling their engine and KERS package would be a good way to achieve this aim.