The Williams F1 Team will be powered by Mercedes engines from next year. The team today made the not-unexpected announcement that it has signed a multi-year deal to use the World Championship-winning engines from next year onwards under the sport’s new turbo regulations.
The announcement brings the team’s short-lived reunion with Renault to an end. It will also be the fifth different engine supplier that the team has partnered with the in the space of ten years, following previous stints with BMW, Cosworth (twice!), Toyota, and Renault.
The terms of the new deal with Mercedes will see the Grove outfit supplied with Mercedes’ new 1,6-litre V6 turbo engine and Energy Recovery System.
“I’m delighted to announce our new association with Mercedes-Benz for the 2014 Formula One season and beyond,” team founder Sir Frank Williams is quoted as saying in the team’s media release, issued today.
“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.
“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.”
“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,” added Mercedes’ Executive Director, Toto Wolff.
“It is a win-win situation, which will ensure [Mercedes] 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.”
In addition to its own bespoke Formula 1 team and Williams, Mercedes-Benz will also supply Force India with its turbo engines for the coming years, with the Silverstone outfit announcing its re-signing earlier in the current season. Long-term partner McLaren will see out its final year with Mercedes before joining forces with Honda in 2015.
Williams’ split with Renault is hardly unexpected, although the news will still leave the French engine builder with four clients heading into 2014, following its announcement last week that Toro Rosso would join its partner list at the end of the season. It is not believed that Renault will supply any more teams in 2014 above the four – Red Bull Racing, Lotus, Toro Rosso and Caterham – it will have on its books.