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Williams announce launch date

Williams has announced that the launch of the FW25 will take place on January 31st at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. The date is so far provisional but it's expected to be confirmed in the near future. Williams are the fifth team to set...

Williams has announced that the launch of the FW25 will take place on January 31st at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. The date is so far provisional but it's expected to be confirmed in the near future. Williams are the fifth team to set a launch date; others confirmed so far are Toyota on the 8th January, BAR on the 14th, Renault on the 20th, Jaguar on the 21st and Sauber on 9th February.

Williams is hoping to continue its partnership with engine manufacturer BMW beyond 2004 when the current agreement expires. BMW is considering its involvement in Formula One, options for the company are staying with Williams, building its own F1 car or quitting the sport. Motorsport director Gerhard Berger is also considering his future and may stand down from his position.

Williams is keen to keep the partnership with BMW going: "Continuity is as important as optimal communication," he told the BMW website. "Especially since we're located in Great Britain, BMW in Munich and our tyre partner Michelin in Clermont-Ferrand. It is very important that all persons involved work together as long as possible."

"The people of BMW are one of the most intelligent and business-minded with whom I've ever been working together with. They use the budget extremely efficiently. Since the executive directors have decided to join Formula 1 they have been working at 100 per cent."

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