Craig Pollock believes there will be only a single independent engine maker in Formula One in 2014. The BAR founder and Jacques Villeneuve’s former manager is now in charge of Pure, a new company that intends to supply a turbo V6 engine to F1 teams when the rules change in two seasons’ time.
Currently, there are four engine suppliers on the grid: Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault and the British independent Cosworth.
“I am convinced that there will be four engine manufacturers in formula one in 2014,” Pollock reportedly told Speedweek. “These are Renault, Ferrari, Mercedes, and Pure.”
He said he met recently with F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, who according to Pollock knows that Pure is a “serious project”.
Pollock said the design of the Pure V6 by Ferrari and the FIA’s former engine boss Gilles Simon is complete, and will be fired up for the first time in July this year.
“We are six months ahead of our own timetable,” he revealed.