Williams have confirmed that they will increase their technical partnership with Mercedes from the 2022 season.
While the Grove outfit have used Mercedes engines since the start of the turbo-hybrid era in 2014, under the Williams family the team always prided itself on remaining an independent constructor, manufacturing all of its parts.
But now under the ownership of Dorilton Capital, Williams have confirmed that they will increase their technical collaboration with Mercedes from 2022 to include the “supply of certain transferable components”.
In a press release Williams stated that “historically, Williams has built its own gearboxes and hydraulics in-house, however, the increased partnership with Mercedes will enable Williams to implement a more efficient design and manufacturing process in-house in the long-term, allowing the team to focus its resources more effectively in other performance areas.
“Williams will continue to design and manufacture other chassis parts internally.”
Team principal of Williams 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 team principal and CEO Toto Wolff added: “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.”
Wolff recently increased his stake in the Mercedes Formula One team, becoming equal owner alongside parent company Daimler and INEOS.
He also signed a new three-year contract to remain principal and CEO of the team.