Williams confirms Toyota engine deal

Williams announced on July 27th that the team and Toyota have reached a three year engine supply partnership, starting in 2007. The deal comes as no surprise as Williams has long been expected to join forces with the Japanese manufacturer....

Williams announced on July 27th that the team and Toyota have reached a three year engine supply partnership, starting in 2007. The deal comes as no surprise as Williams has long been expected to join forces with the Japanese manufacturer. Williams will run the same spec engines as the Toyota F1 team next season.

"This agreement is the cornerstone of Williams' challenge for the World Championship," said team principal Frank Williams. "Toyota is an impressive and remarkable industrial giant, with the most phenomenal reputation for achieving the goals it sets itself. We are proud to have secured their support in our efforts to return to our competitive best."

Williams parted company with long-time engine partner BMW at the end of last season when the Munich-based manufacturer bought out Sauber to enter the championship as a team in its own right. This year Williams is in partnership with Cosworth but it was always speculated to be a stop-gap arrangement until a deal with Toyota could be finalised.

John Howett, President of Toyota Motorsport, said: "We are pleased to be selected as the engine provider to Williams and look forward to establish a strong relationship with them. We look forward to both teams using each other as a comparative benchmark from which each can improve its own performance and to competing with each other at the front of the grid."

According to the statement, Williams and Toyota "see significant benefits from a relationship based on robust on-track competition and close off-track cooperation". Toyota's Executive Vice President Kazuo Okamoto added: "We are delighted to be supplying Williams with engines from 2007 and working alongside a team rich in history and Formula One spirit."

There has been talk that under the Williams partnership the Toyota engines could be rebadged as Lexus but reportedly next year's car will be designated Williams-Toyota. No mention was made of Toyota's current engine deal with MF1 but it seems likely that the relationship will terminate at the end of this season.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Frank Williams
Teams Sauber , Williams