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Williams confirms Mercedes engine deal
Williams has signed a long-term engine deal with Mercedes from 2014 onwards.
The British team has been powered by Renault since the start of the 2012 season, but with the introduction of a new V6 turbo formula in 2014 it is set to switch to Mercedes power. The deal was struck over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend when high-level Mercedes representatives were spotted in the Williams motor home on Saturday night.
Williams will continue to manufacture its own transmission but will use the integrated energy recovery systems from Mercedes. The deal will see Brixworth supply four teams in 2014 - Mercedes, McLaren, Force India and Williams - before McLaren switches to Honda power from 2015 onwards.
"I'm delighted to announce our new association with Mercedes-Benz for the 2014 Formula One season and beyond," Sir Frank Williams said. "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."
Toto Wolff, Mercedes executive director and a shareholder in Williams, added: "The proud heritage of Williams and the company's commitment to technological excellence make it a perfect long-term partner for Mercedes-Benz under the new powertrain regulations. It is a win-win situation for both HPP [Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains] 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. We look forward to enjoying much success together over the coming years."
Renault has already signed Toro Rosso as a replacement for Williams from 2014 onwards.