The Return of Cosworth: The One Good Thing Mosley's Done

Daniel ZylberkanCorrespondent IMay 26, 2009

MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24:  Kazuki Nakajima of Japan and Williams drives during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 24, 2009 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

When talk of restructuring, cost-cutting, scaling down and overall squeezing the Formula One field together, like I've said on here before...I thought it was against the spirit of the sport, Formula One is not about fairness, equity or any other of that commie-hippie hoo-ha it's about racing. But one good thing did come out of Max Mosley's tyranny.

The return of Cosworth to Formula One.

Formula One as we know it was built under Cosworth power, with the legendary DFV engine. All of the greatest cars and drivers of the late 60s and early 70s ran on Cosworth power. The Lotus 78, many of Sir Jackie Stewart's cars ditto for Fittipaldi and Piquet. Until Ferrari passed them a few years ago, Cosworth was the most successful engine manufacturer ever.

But they went out of Formula One with a whimper either at the end of 2006 in V8 guise with Williams dropping them for Toyota or the rev-limited Scuderia Toro Rossos V10s They couldn't even score a point that last thanks to 'Tonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed. It was shameful to see what had happened to the once great Cosworth.

But now thanks to Mosley (I know I can't believe I'm saying it either). Cosworth is back and they might be able to be somewhat successful if they get lucky. I'm hopeful USGPE and maybe even an established team like Williams will be able to succeed under Cosworth power in the coming years.

Formula One wasn't always the arena of the big manufacturers, with their multi-million dollar budgets and technical expertise that they don't even know what to do with. Formula One used to be a about team like Tyrell, Minardi, Ligier, Arrows. That used to build their own chassis the right way and had to find a competitive engine to make that car somewhat successful, that's the spirit of Cosworth, the spirit of independence (except during the Jaguar years).