Williams Formula One team will expand its technical partnership with Mercedes from 2022 to use the world champions' gearboxes when the new rules come into effect.
Williams has been powered by Mercedes since 2014 when the hybrid era began and from 2022, the racing team that was brought by Dorilton Capital in 2020, will use gearboxes and related hydraulics components.
“I’m pleased to see our great relationship with Mercedes extend beyond the supply of engines,” said Simon Roberts, Team Principal, Williams.
“Williams is an independent team, but Formula One is always evolving, and as a team we must be agile to react to the current climate in order to put the team in the best position to be competitive on track. This long-term agreement with Mercedes is a positive step and forms part of our strategic objectives for the future whilst we will still retain our design and manufacturing capabilities in-house.”
Toto Wolff, CEO and Team Principal of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team added: “We are pleased to expand our technical cooperation with Williams through this new agreement.
“For Williams, it makes sense to acquire the integrated powertrain after running our power units since 2014 and for our team, it makes sense in terms of economies of scale to supply another team under the new rules. This is a project we have been discussing with Williams for some time and I am glad we have been able to bring this extension to fruition.”
Williams has traditionally made other parts in-house but the expanded deal with Mercedes will allow the team to focus on its resources more effectively in other performance areas.
Other chassis parts will continue to be designed and manufactured internally.
Author: Jake Wilkin