The Williams Racing Formula One Team announced on Tuesday that they have expanded their technical partnership with the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team for the 2022 FIA Formula One season.
The new collaboration will see Williams receive gearboxes and other related hydraulic systems which will be a break from the way the Grove based outfit traditionally operated as in the past their gearboxes and related systems were built in house and the expanded partnership will allow Williams to focus their efforts on the design and development of the car.
Formula One will enter a new era in 2022 with brand new cars and speaking about the expanded partnership with Mercedes, an agreement which began in 2014, Williams Racing Team Principal SImon Roberts said:
“I’m pleased to see our great relationship with Mercedes extend beyond the supply of engines. 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. 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 AMG PETRONAS F1 Team CEO and Team Principal Toto Wolff commented saying;
We are pleased to expand our technical cooperation with Williams through this new agreement. 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.