Williams, the Formula One team has recently announced the technical tie-up with Mercedes in Formula 1 and it will be officially implemented from 2022.
Williams find strength joining forces with Mercedes
Williams and Mercedes concluded the F1 2020 season on both ends of the table as the former finished at the bottom and the latter captured the F1 Constructors’ Championship for a record seventh consecutive year. Now both the teams are partnering up and it will be a huge boost of confidence for the underdogs.
Williams has been powered by Mercedes since the start of the V6 hybrid era back in 2014. However, the team used to make all other parts in-house.
But, after Dorilton Capital took over the charge back in August, the management saw a change and they leaned more towards Mercedes.
The racing team announced on Tuesday that it had “expanded its technical collaboration with Mercedes to include the supply of certain transferable components from 2022”.
Teams are permitted to share certain non-listed parts with other teams and it includes the existing relationships between Mercedes and Racing Point, Ferrari and Haas, and Red Bull and AlphaTauri.
What the deal means for both the teams?
The deal will enable Williams to use Mercedes gearboxes and related-hydraulic components which were previously built in-house. However, the team will continue to design and manufacture other chassis parts internally.
Partnership with Mercedes will help in achieving more efficient design and manufacturing process in-house in the long-run and it will allow the team to focus its resources more effectively in other performance areas.
On the closing of deal Williams team principal Simon Roberts said, “I’m pleased to see our great relationship with Mercedes extend beyond the supply of engines.”
He considers the long-term agreement with Mercedes to be ‘a positive step’ and it will form the part of the strategic objectives for the future.
“We are pleased to expand our technical cooperation with Williams through this new agreement,” said Mercedes F1 chief Toto Wolff.
“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,” Toto added.
Williams has fielded with Mercedes racer George Russell in F1 since 2019, and he is signed to continue using its power units until 2025.