Formula 1
Formula 1
R
Australian GP
12 Mar
-
15 Mar
Next event in
53 days
19 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
60 days
02 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
74 days
16 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
88 days
30 Apr
-
03 May
Next event in
102 days
07 May
-
10 May
Next event in
109 days
21 May
-
24 May
Next event in
123 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
137 days
11 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
144 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
158 days
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
165 days
16 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
179 days
R
Hungarian GP
30 Jul
-
02 Aug
Next event in
193 days
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
Next event in
221 days
03 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
228 days
R
Singapore GP
17 Sep
-
20 Sep
Next event in
242 days
24 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
249 days
08 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
263 days
R
United States GP
22 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
277 days
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
284 days
R
Brazilian GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
Next event in
298 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
26 Nov
-
29 Nov
Next event in
312 days

Williams closing in on new Mercedes engine deal

shares
comments
Williams closing in on new Mercedes engine deal
By:
Jul 11, 2019, 1:03 PM

Williams is closing in on a deal to extend its engine supply deal with Mercedes beyond the end of next year, deputy team principal Claire Williams has revealed.

The Grove-based outfit's current contract runs out at the end of 2020, and discussions have already taken place about finalising details to keep the partnership intact into the new era of F1 that begins from 2021.

While there were reports last week that the team had been considering a switch to Renault, Williams is clear that there has been no contact with the French car manufacturer regarding a future engine deal.

Asked by Motorsport.com about the recent rumours regarding the team's engine plans, Williams said "I saw the speculation. We aren't talking to Renault. We are talking to Mercedes, as you probably expect, and those conversations are going well.

"We hope to be able to conclude a new partnership with them going into 2021. They have been a fantastic partner of ours.

"They have been very, very supportive and everybody knows that Toto [Wolff] started his F1 career at Williams, and as such we have a great relationship with him. I would like that relationship to continue."

She added: "We have always had a great history with Renault but our future is with Mercedes."

Read Also:

One aspect of the partnership that needs to be sorted is whether or not a new deal with Mercedes expands in to the supply of other car components – such as the gearbox or suspension.

Williams did consider taking the Mercedes gearbox for this year but in the end elected to continue using its own version.

"We went through a process of evaluation last year," added Williams. "We are doing the same thing this year, off the back of what happened to us in testing, to work out what we should make versus buy. That is a really important piece of work that we have concluded.

"We will now make our decision around what we will do ourselves versus outsourcing – whether that be with Mercedes or alternative suppliers.

"But it is all just dependent on the capacity we have at Williams and what we do best versus what other people may do better. But 2021 will bring a shift with how teams can collaborate anyway and we want to dial down those collaborations."

Next article
Haas will run Rich branding at British GP, says Steiner

Previous article

Haas will run Rich branding at British GP, says Steiner

Next article

Ricciardo believes "set-up misdirection" caused Austria slump

Ricciardo believes "set-up misdirection" caused Austria slump
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Teams Williams
Author Jonathan Noble