Tuesday August 7th, 2001
Jaguar boss Niki Lauda has defended a decision to let the rival Arrows Formula One team use the Cosworth V10 engine next year, saying it would be good for competition.
"If the Arrows are quicker than we are it's our own fault because then their car is better," the Austrian former World Champion said. "To not give an engine or give a bad engine to somebody doesn't mean that we are going to go quicker.
"It's not the Olympic Games, it's not enough just to be part of it, it is to win. And in my view it's quicker and more motivating with somebody else having the same engine."
Lauda said that the fact that Arrows would be running exactly the same engine as Jaguar in their two cars would accelerate development.
"I want to get Cosworth competitive on its own and with this system it's easy, because you have four cars running with the same engine," he said. "Reliability, horsepower and all these sorts of things, you can then check in half the time."
Lauda also confirmed that Arrows, who announced the deal last week after deciding to dump their Asiatech engines at the end of the season, would get the same traction control as Jaguar.
"Whatever effects the engine will be part of it ... you can't give them stuff to make it run and then not give them traction control. It would be ridiculous," he said.
Published at 17:29:45 GMT