Williams looks to stick with Mercedes engines

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Claire Williams dispels rumors that Williams is looking to switch power unit suppliers from Mercedes to Renault. Talk of this change came out last week in Auto Bild.

Williams’ currently has a contract with Mercedes until the end of 2020, but Claire Williams confirms the team is working on a deal to keep the German power unit beyond that point.

“I saw the speculation,”said Williams.

“We aren’t talking to Renault, We are talking to Mercedes, as you probably expect, and those conversations are going well.

“We hope to be able to conclude a new partnership with them going into 2021. They have been a fantastic partner of ours.

“They have been very, very supportive and everybody knows that Toto [Wolff] started his F1 career at Williams, and as such we have a great relationship with him. I would like that relationship to continue.

“We have always had a great history with Renault but our future is with Mercedes.”

One of the matters being discussed is whether Mercedes will supply Williams with more than just the engine. Other components on the table are the gearbox and suspension. The possibility of buying a gearbox from Mercedes was under consideration last year, but the Grove outfit decided against it.

“We went through a process of evaluation last year. We are doing the same thing this year, off the back of what happened to us in testing, to work out what we should make versus buy.

“That is a really important piece of work that we have concluded.

“We will now make our decision around what we will do ourselves versus outsourcing – whether that be with Mercedes or alternative suppliers.

“But it is all just dependent on the capacity we have at Williams and what we do best versus what other people may do better.

“But 2021 will bring a shift with how teams can collaborate anyway and we want to dial down those collaborations,” concluded Williams.

Source: motorsport.com

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