Williams extend Mercedes engine partnership to 2025 at least

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By Andrew Benson
Chief F1 author
Mercedes engines will be used by williams until 2025 at least in Formula 1.
The group dedicated to Mercedes for second year, have signed a new arrangement for the five decades.
Because finishing third in 2014 and 2015 williams have declined in shape, their first two seasons along with Mercedes later turbo-hybrid motors came to F1.
They are on track for exactly the place this year and finished in 2018, however they expect a section restructure will revive fortunes.
Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams said:”Mercedes has been one of the game’s most prosperous engine suppliers and we think they’ll continue to have an extremely competitive engine bundle going forwards.
“Within our time together with them they have become a real friend of the team.”
New rules are aimed at making the grid more competitive. A budget cap has been agreed, while closer racing to be allowed by technological rules happen to be finalised before teams and the sport’s bosses proceed to agreeing somewhat more equitable revenue split.
“Williams is one of those most popular manufacturers in F1,” said Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff.
“They’ve been through some hard times recently but that’s only served to show their durability and strength of personality as they battle right back into where they belong to the grid.
“I’m certain that the outlook for independent teams is glowing under the regulations that’ll be released from 2021 and we are thrilled to continue our partnership Williams to that new age of our game.”
The poor performance from a group that dominated big swathes of 1990s and the 1980s has struck the group financially. This week, they published a loss of #16.8m to the first six months of the calendar year, which was attributed to decreased prize money and the reduction of some sponsorship income.
Chief executive Mike O’Driscoll stated:”Though we continue to face challenges in a really dynamic environment, we consider the majority of the impact on EBITDA [earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation, and amortisation] to the entire year has been recorded in these interim results.
“We continue to think we’re well positioned to respond to the challenges with world-class facilities along with a strong and talented organisation”
Williams have a contract to last into next year.
They still have not decided on a second driver, using reserve driver Nicolas Latifi and Robert Kubica equally in with a chance of this chair.
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