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01/22/12
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PURE looking to start with two teams  
Craig Pollock
Craig Pollock says his PURE engine company is on track to enter F1 in 2014 where they intend supplying two or more "good" teams.

In 2014, Formula One will ditch the current 2.4l V8 engine in favor of a new 1.6l V6 turbocharged power unit. This new era will also signal the start of PURE's participation in Formula One.

Speaking about his company's plans, Pollock told GPUpdate.net that he hopes to supply engines to at least two of the 12 teams.

"The minimum is two, there's no question about it. A minimum of two teams and two good teams, if possible," he said.

"And the maximum number... if we have to supply a lot more teams then we will gear up to do it; it is not exactly our immediate wish because I think you also have to be very realistic about it and know that we are a new company.

"The people working in the company are not new, they are veterans in the field of Formula 1 engine supply, but to supply another team would just require more organization. But as long as we know early enough, we will be happy."

Pollock, who previously had a stint in F1 as Jacques Villeneuve's manager and the team boss at BAR, reckons Peugeot's recent shock withdrawal from the Le Mans series will be seen as a wake-up call to F1 that manufacturer's are all too often not a permanent feature.

"Things are keeping up and I think people are now taking the situation little bit more seriously than they were taking it before.

"I don't think the Peugeot pull-out is going to help, either, because it will make them realize that, with these very large companies, a board decision or a directors' meeting can create a negative decision on future supply - and it can happen from one second to the next... just before the season, mid-season or at the end of the season.

"So nobody knows who is going to be there in the future, apart from Ferrari who I believe are always in for the long haul, but with the other players nobody can guarantee it."

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