Williams has announced that they’re taking their relationship with Mercedes to the next level, as they expand their existing technical partnership from the 2022 season.
The team are already a customer of Mercedes power units and have been since the turbo-hybrid era began in 2014. However, this new deal means Williams can use gearboxes supplied by the current world champions and other technical components.
F1 will be introducing new rules and regulations for the 2022 season to lower costs and keep racing more competitive.
It’s hoped this new venture will help give Williams a boost back to their winning days, or at least create a more competitive car. It’s understood this new relationship will be comparable to the one that Haas currently have with Ferrari.
“I’m pleased to see our great relationship with Mercedes extend beyond the supply of engines,” said Simon Roberts, Williams Team Principal.
“Williams is an independent team, but F1 is always evolving, and as a team, we must be agile to react to the current climate to put the team in the best position to be competitive on the 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.”
Mercedes Team Boss Toto Wolff also indicated this decision has been in discussion for a while.
“We are pleased to expand our technical cooperation with Williams through this new agreement,” Wolff added.
“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.”
Earlier this year, the Williams Family departed F1 as they sold the team to Dorilton Capital.