The Williams team has announced that it has signed a deal to run Renault engines from the 2012 season onwards, reuniting with the engine brand it paired up with between 1989-1997 that helped it achieve four Drivers’ and five Constructors’ World Championship crowns.
The deal is for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, with an option to extend the deal into 2014 and beyond when the new turbocharged V6 engine rules come into play.
“We are delighted and excited by our new partnership with Renault,” beamed team founder Sir Frank Williams.
“This reunites the F1 team with a leading car manufacturer and complements our new relationship with Jaguar.
“Our previous relationship with Renault was one of the most successful in Williams’ history but we will not allow ourselves to dwell too much on the past. We must look to the future and continue to re-build our on-track reputation, which I am hopeful that today’s announcement will help us to do.”
“The partnership with Williams has great potential to add to the results we have notched up over recent years with our other partner teams,” added Bernard Rey, the boss of Renault Sport F1.
“Williams has recently taken several important steps, both commercially and technically, to update its operations and we feel that this partnership is another important step in its rigorous plan. It reiterates how determined the team is to achieve results, which matches perfectly with our own objectives. From 2012 onwards the fact that we will have four partners puts us ahead of other engine manufacturers in terms of market share, but off track it will also enable us to further use Formula 1 as a marketing platform for our parent company, Renault, to try to bring a bit of this association to our fans and our customers worldwide.”
The announcement was made at Williams’ Didcot headquarters, with three of the team’s four Williams-Renault Drivers’ Champions – Nigel Mansell (1992), Damon Hill (1996), and Jacques Villeneuve (1997) – attending as VIP guests.
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