Williams have announced a new long term partnership with Mercedes for 2014 and beyond as the engine supply deals keep coming.
Earlier in the month McLaren revealed a switch to Honda power from 2015, then Toro Rosso announced they would be changing to Renault from next season, now Williams have revealed they too will be changing engine supplier.
In a press release from the Williams team, team founder and boss Sir Frank Williams was delighted with the announcement:
“I’m delighted to announce our new association with Mercedes-Benz for the 2014 Formula One season and beyond," he said.
"Mercedes-Benz has been one of the sport’s most successful engine suppliers and we believe that they will have an extremely competitive engine package."
Williams continued thanking Renault for the work they had done together including winning the Spanish Grand Prix last year.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Renault for their continued hard work since we renewed our engine partnership at the beginning of the 2012 season. We have enjoyed a strong relationship that has resulted in much success over the years, including powering us to winning ways once again last year at the Spanish Grand Prix.”
Next year will see Formula 1 change from it's current engine formula of 2.4L V8's to 1.6L V6 turbos, and the price Williams' current supplier Renault has put on the new units had upset Williams however, the deal does bring back Williams shareholder and now Mercedes Director Toto Wolff.
“The proud heritage of Williams and the company’s commitment to technological excellence make it a perfect long-term partner for Mercedes-Benz under the new powertrain regulations," said the Austrian.
"It is a win-win situation for both HPP (Mercedes High Performance Power) and Williams, which will ensure HPP is able to supply at least three teams on a long-term basis under the new regulations and could open interesting new perspectives for technology transfer. We look forward to enjoying much success together over the coming years.”
Overall this could mark an exciting time for Williams, the team has struggled despite that win last year. However, a new partnership with Mercedes could be very beneficial for the team going forward especially considering how successful the McLaren-Mercedes partnership has been over the last 16 years.
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