Williams Racing are going to use Mercedes parts in the 2022 Formula 1 season in a similar model to Racing Point in 2020.
Williams will receive the supply of certain transferable components from 2022 from World Champions Mercedes.
Williams have traditionally been a fiercely independent team in F1, creating their own gearboxes and hydraulics. Parts that have been shared between teams in the past, for instance Haas and Ferrari. This partnership developed to the point where a Haas hub has been set up in Maranello to assist the American team.
The 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 create other chassis parts in house.
Simon Roberts, Team Principal, said in a statement: “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.”
Toto Wolff, CEO and Team Principal of Mercedes 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.”