Williams confirm “long-term” Mercedes engine deal

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Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Monte-Carlo, 2013Williams have confirmed they will use Mercedes engines from next season.

Mercedes will supply engines and energy recovery systems to the team under Formula One’s new technical regulations which come into force next year.

“I?m delighted to announce our new association with Mercedes-Benz for the 2014 Formula One season and beyond,” said team owner Frank Williams.

“Mercedes-Benz has been one of the sport?s most successful engine suppliers and we believe that they will have an extremely competitive engine package.”

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Renault for their continued hard work since we renewed our engine partnership at the beginning of the 2012 season. We have enjoyed a strong relationship that has resulted in much success over the years, including powering us to winning ways once again last year at the Spanish Grand Prix.”

Deputy team principal Claire Williams described the deal as “exciting news” and added they were “pleased to conclude this agreement early in the season”.

Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff said Williams were a “perfect long-term partner for Mercedes-Benz”.

Wolff, who was Williams’ executive director before leaving to join Mercedes in January, added: “It is a win-win situation for both HPP and Williams, which will ensure HPP is able to supply at least three teams on a long-term basis under the new regulations and could open interesting new perspectives for technology transfer.”

Williams have lacked stability in their engine supplier in recent years. Since concluding a six-year deal with BMW at the end of 2005 they switched between Cosworth, Toyota, Cosworth again and now current supplier Renault.

Renault announced last week it will supply engines to Toro Rosso from next season.

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83 comments on Williams confirm “long-term” Mercedes engine deal

  1. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 30th May 2013, 12:36

    Mercedes engines have won 2 world championships in the past 10 years (2008, 2009), Renault engines have won 5 world championships in the past 10 years (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012), so why the change to Mercedes? lol

    • SeaHorse (@seahorse) said on 30th May 2013, 12:39

      @full-throttle-f1 From 2014 onward it is going to be turbo charged engines. So I guess it would open up the field a little bit for the engine manufacturers.

    • vjanik said on 30th May 2013, 16:18

      The engines have been frozen for the past 10 years so they are not much of a differentiator. most of it is down to aero. Red Bull would have won all those championships with a merc engine as well. Its not the Renault engine that won them the trophies.

      Plus everything will change in 2014, so it makes no sense for Williams to make their decision based on the last 10 years, is it? They expect Merc to produce a better V6 engine thats all.

      • Sergio Perez (@sergio-perez) said on 31st May 2013, 3:20

        Not necessarily. I recall reading that the renault engine had less power but was lighter, or occupied less space than the Mercedes one. This can influence aerodynamics. Of course a great designer like Newey is key, but Red Bull developed the aerodynamics around the engine. There should be more to engines than just raw power, I think.

  2. R.J. O'Connell (@rjoconnell) said on 30th May 2013, 13:31

    Williams-Renault, Act II, was still a more successful partnership than their Toyota deal and both of their deals with Cosworth since 2006. Just look at the win tally.

  3. Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 30th May 2013, 14:06

    Wonder if they’ll get better engines than McLaren do with their “short-term” deal…

    This deal has Toto Wolff’s hairy palms all over it, I feel a bit uneasy about that for some reason.
    What’s the “technology transfer” – just racing drivetrains, or could it involve hybrid power, flywheels and other areas Williams are diversifying into?

  4. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 30th May 2013, 15:42

    Speaking of Mercedes: check out this video, made this morning @ Silverstone. Film day? 2011 car?

  5. Jason (@jmwalley) said on 30th May 2013, 17:12

    I thought Williams was one of the leaders with their KERS product. Thought they were even selling it to teams outside of Formula 1, so I’m surprised they would take Mercedes’ KERS over their own.

    • MemorableC (@memorablec) said on 30th May 2013, 18:27

      Williams helped developed the Porsche Flywheel Kers system, a different system then the one used in F1, plus with the addition of the energy recover from the turbo it is probably easier for them to just buy the Mercedes package, at least to start with while they have other more important issues to sort out.

  6. TMF (@tmf42) said on 30th May 2013, 18:50

    Problem with Mercedes is that they have their own team and a customer team doesn’t get the same attention. That’s why McLaren jumps ship and switches to Honda. Williams however has 3 Mio reasons to switch engines at least that’s what rumors are saying that Mercedes delivers quite a bit cheaper than Renault.

  7. BJ (@beejis60) said on 30th May 2013, 20:50

    I thought the Mercedes deal came with a gearbox…. why is Williams still making their own?

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