Cosworth's four-pronged return to F1 in 2010 has been deemed an unqualified success by general manager Mark Gallagher, despite just one pole position to show for its season-long efforts.

The famed British manufacturer provided a third of the grid with motive power despite having been on the sidelines for three years, with Williams leading the way and scoring points on a regular basis. The Grove team also claimed an unexpected pole, courtesy of rookie Nico Hulkenberg in Brazil, en route to sixth in the constructors' championship, but the three other Cosworth-powered teams were also the three newest on the grid, with Lotus, Virgin and HRT all failing to break the top ten despite some solid performances.

Although the newcomers all suffered reliability problems, Cosworth could boast a 100 per cent record with the CA2010 engine, completing 1129 racing laps and 5795km over 19 races, part of a massive 100,000km running across the entire three-day race weekend programme. On top of its engine commitments, the company's electronics division continued to develop a long-standing relationship with F1, supplying complete solutions to both HRT and Lotus, and steering wheels to all three of the new teams.

"We achieved all our key operational objectives from an engine supply perspective, providing our four customers - one third of the grid - with a competitive, reliable and affordable CA2010 engine, supported trackside by a dedicated team of technicians embedded within the teams, and backed up in Northampton by the personnel in engineering, manufacturing, build, test and operations," said Gallagher, general manager of Cosworth's F1 Business Unit.

"The Cosworth CA2010 was created in a very few months using the original CA2006 as the baseline, but revising it to produce peak power within a rev limit of 18,000rpm, a much extended duty cycle of up to three full race weekends, and fuel consumption correspondent with the ban on refuelling and increased emphasis on start weights. I believe our engineers did an outstanding job.

"The engine performed very well in pre-season dyno-testing, but we knew that once it would hit the track we would need to optimise its performance more fully. The fact that pre-season testing was rain-affected, and that only one of our four customers took part in all the tests, rather limited the gathering of useful data. Once we started racing, we had a couple of issues which, while not 'show stoppers', necessitated some action to revise the oil system and tackle slightly higher than expected power degradation. I am pleased to say the issues were quickly identified and tackled.

"Obviously, we had an initial pool of engines already with the teams and it took a little time to cycle rebuilds through the system to revise specifications, but at no stage was the programme compromised and the best measure of that was total race reliability.

"If you work in any significant aspect of F1, whether as a team or a key technical supplier, and don't focus on winning, then there is no point being here. As a supplier of engine and electronics technologies, Cosworth plays an important part in contributing to the overall package of the teams we work with but, ultimately, the chassis, the vehicle dynamics, the aerodynamics and the myriad of other systems which go to defining a F1 car are not within our control. We therefore focus on making sure our technology behaves absolutely to the best of its abilities. The results on track in relation to the new teams were very much in line with our, and their, expectations.

"Williams gave Cosworth a much better opportunity to show our true performance and, together, we achieved every possible points finish in fourth to tenth places and scored that pole position in Brazil which, whilst due to conditions, was a memorable milestone. Williams is one of the very best teams in F1, with enormous capability and experience. We have worked hard to ensure that the Cosworth engine contributed successfully to their overall package and at all times they have demanded from us a constant push to optimise performance. We have no problem with that - it's a very good thing because when you add our inherent motivation to the determination of a team such as Williams, success will come.

"[At Lotus], Tony Fernandes and Mike Gascoyne set out with a number of goals for 2010 and appear to have achieved them all, particularly in terms of being the most successful of the new teams and achieving a degree of credibility which some of their critics did not expect. Considering that they only received their official entry in September 2009, it was an impressive effort and I am pleased to say Cosworth engines and electronics played a key part in helping them make the grid and deliver a consistent performance.

"Virgin Racing made enormous strides throughout 2010, coping with some severe reliability problems early on to achieve improved performances and ultimately real credibility as a team. Under John Booth's direction the team never made any secret of the fact that this was going to be a learning year, and Nick Wirth's CFD-designed VR01 acquitted itself well against Lotus and gave the team a lot to build on for next season.

"[Meanwhile], one of the benefits of supplying engines and electronics to teams is the extent to which you get to know them, and although HRT have come in for a lot of criticism in relation to on-track performance, I think the team pulled together incredibly well and did a very solid job all year. Their reliability was actually very impressive and, when one considers that it was only mid-February when Dr Kolles took over as team principal, in many respects their accomplishment in building the cars and competing in all 19 events against a backdrop of easy-to-make criticism, deserves reward."

Despite Gallagher's positive appreciation of the season, Cosworth will lose one of its clients next season, following Lotus' decision to defect to the championship-winning Renault powerplant. Williams, Virgin and HRT all continue with the CA2010, meanwhile, with the Spanish minnow also tightening relations with its Grove stablemate following an agreement to use its transmission technology, and the Irishman is optimistic about the future.

"From a business perspective, the season went well - we spent money where we needed to and we achieved the profitability required to continue investing in the programme," Gallagher concluded, "The relationships with our customers were good, and have developed well - so we can look back on the season with a good degree of satisfaction.

"This is a very busy time of year and work on 2011 started months ago with the development of the KERS drive which is currently being tested. We are working closely with AT&T Williams, Marussia Virgin Racing and HRT to support their pre-season testing, car launches and start-of-season activities, and we expect to be running both the standard CA2010 and KERS version of the engine next season. We are also restructuring some of our internal systems to improve processes wherever possible, so the coming weeks will be typically hectic. We are very much looking forward to 2011."

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