Ingram GP team principal William Ingram has spoken at length today about the engine market and how Ingram GP stand at the moment.
Following the shock announcement this week that BMW would be withdrawing from the sport, Ingram GP have been thrown into the engine market. With Peugeot publicly advertising their engines, as well as both Yamaha and Mercedes likely to want to remain in the sport, however Ingram has dismissed the possibility of taking on the engine currently being built by Downton.
"I am interested in dealing with Peugeot, they clearly are going to take their time in VGPC seriously, as shown by their purchase of Meteor. With Kazuki already admitting their focussing on next season, being able to be part of that would be a fantastic opportunity. However, I've had experiences of being a customer of a works team with BMW, and they really left us in the lurch."
When asked about the other opportunities, Ingram stated "Well, both Mercedes and Yamaha clearly are enjoying their time currently, and I know Lucas really enjoys their company, but I don't know if I want to pick up where another team has so easily cast them aside, I know both LWGP and Mathershaw have big deals lined up, but it still makes me stand back and think about the current engines they provide."
Recently, both Bradley Downton and Harry Westwood have announced plans to make their own engines, but Ingram had doubts. "We've felt very ignored here, with Downton clearly favouring a partnership with Westwood or Team 23, and I don't want to enter a partnership as second choice. I don't know if it's because we are struggling at the moment, but we won't be dealing with them. Can we work with Westwood? Maybe, we will have to see."
Finally Ingram also claimed to have been approached by manufacturers outside the sport, but wouldn't disclose who.