Williams will return to using Cosworth engines

Sir Frank Williams has confirmed his team will switch back to Cosworth engines for the 2010 season. Having run the British powerplants from 1977 until 1983 and then for a single season in 2006, the squad has since made use of Toyota units for the last three years.

Having already confirmed its split with Toyota, Williams’ move back to Cosworth confirms that it will once again be partnered with the company which with it won its first Drivers’ Championship with Alan Jones back in 1980.

"Our performance needs to improve," Sir Frank told Gulf News. "We staggered in the second half of the 2009 season. It’s fundamental that the car is not fast enough but, from what I’ve seen, we should have been a little more competitive.

"We’ve thankfully finished our contract with Toyota and we’ve moved on to a British engine manufacturer, Cosworth, with whom we have won many World Championships in the past."

Williams also went on to say that his team would announce its 2010 driver line-up no later than Monday.

With Nico Rosberg having already confirmed he will not be driving for the team in 2010, and Kazuki Nakajima looking set to leave after a wretched season, all looks set to change for next year.

"There are a few things going on at Williams for next season with our engines, so we thought we can do better. Nico is German and Mercedes need at least one German driver to sit before their engine," Sir Frank said.

His last comments hint that Rosberg, as predicted by many, will be making his way to either McLaren or Champions Brawn GP next year.

Let’s wait and see…

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