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Actually, I believe the applicant teams were required to have engine deals in place to be accepted. Cosworth had engine supplier status from the FIA so a deal from them was acceptable. As I understand it, none of the other applicants had signed contracts with engine suppliers, though they were having discussions, so this talk that they were required to have Cosworth engine deals to be accepted gives the whole affair an odd spin. Maybe the FIA realized that there wasn't enough time to conclude a deal with anyone other than Cosworth, but I wouldn't know about that.