Williams To Use Mercedes Gearboxes From 2022

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Williams To Use Mercedes Gearboxes From 2022

Formula 1 team Williams will use Mercedes gearboxes from 2022 after agreeing to “expand its technical collaboration” with the seven-time contractors’ championship winners.

Williams have been powered by Mercedes engines since 2014.

The new partnership will also see Williams use “related hydraulic components” made by Mercedes.

Team principal Simon Roberts said it was a “long-term” deal and “positive step” for the English-based team.

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Roberts, a long-time McLaren engineer who joined Williams in May 2020, said the US-owned outfit “will will still retain our design and manufacturing capabilities in-house”.

“Williams is an independent team, but Formula One is always evolving, and as a team we must be agile to react to the current climate in order to put the team in the best position to be competitive on track,” he continued.

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said discussions about the “the project” with Williams, bought by US-based investment firm Dorilton Capital in August, had been going on “for some time”.

“For our team, it makes sense in terms of economies of scale to supply another team under the new rules,” Wolff said.

“I am glad we have been able to bring this extension to fruition.”

Williams, who were put up for sale in May, will still race under the same name and remain at their English base.

“This is the end of an era for Williams as a family-owned team, but we know it is in good hands,” deputy team principal Claire Williams said.

“It ensures the team’s survival but importantly provides a path to success.”

A statement from the F1 team added: “This marks the beginning of an exciting new era in the history of Williams, which with its new owner is well positioned to capitalise upon the sweeping rule changes coming into Formula 1 with the new Concorde Agreement.”

Founded in 1977 by Sir Frank Williams and Sir Patrick Head, Williams have won nine constructors’ titles and seven drivers’ championships, the most recent coming through Canadian Jacques Villeneuve in 1997.

Williams To Use Mercedes Gearboxes From 2022

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