The Cosworth engine is belived to be a €8m deal, to give a team up to 24 engines a year for race, test and promotional events. It would be less if Williams and Caterham still had supply as Cosworth budgeted for a minimum of 3 teams paying €6m a year. This year HRT and Marussia are belived to be paying a premium, however Marussia have the Cosworth tie in for their roadcars and so will be paying less.
Cosworth havnt confirmed or denied a 2014 power train development, however it is belived they are working on something. However their problem is the development costs, they dont have the €40m and more a year to throw at a power train for 2014. Id recon they will have something, however i can see them being there for only one team for 2014 and that will be Marussia.
I think that HRT will be a PURE team beside Toro Rosso and posibly Lotus as well if they want to break with Renault and become a works team for PURE. There could be a posible 2 team maximum for Ferrari and Mercedes.
Cosworth is the cheapest engine supply, however Renault isnt too far behind at €9m with €1m suppliment applied from Total, otherwise it would be closer to the €10m that Mercedes and Ferrari give. The Cosworth however gives a team a opertunity to work with different oil and fuel suppliers, however at the moment Marussia and HRT run with BP fuels and Castrol Lubricants as they cant get a fuel/oil supply.
If HRT were to change engine supply to Renault, id say there would a posibility for Repsol to jump on the Renault supply as it would be a good marketing strategy for them in Spain. But lets not fantasize, HRT usually announce their next years deals at arround the 4th or 5th last event of the year, and i belive there will be a large ammount of information coming from the HRT team towards the end of 2012 for 2013.
I recon that HRT will give the rest of this year to learn and then dispose of this car, then with a new car and a stable base for the start of 2013 then improve more than they have done in any previous seasons. It looks as if they are trying to destroy the Hispania 2010-2011 immage, improve and rebuild the team in 2012 and in 2013 they will be in a fit and propper place to attack and re brand.
One thing is needed for the second half of the season is a better quality #2 driver, Karthekeyn is clearly lacking, he is arround 1.1 seconds in raw pace of PdlR. Id like to see a Dani Clos, Jan Charuz or Vatalerri Bottas in the seat, so that PdlR develops the set up and the hot shoe exploits it to its whole. In my opinion both drivers should be ideally within 2-3 tenths of one another, however it is acceptable to be up to 5-6 thenths off a team mates pace in quali in my oppinion. 2011 shows us that a young hot shoe can come in and destroy a more experienced team mate in this team, however this years more experienced team mate actually knows how to develop a car and has great tech feedback, a ideal driver to learn from for a few months before posibly leaping into a good mid pack car for 2013. However the HRT team do have Liuzzi on the books, a good driver that can jump in if needed.