In a huge boost for the Williams F1 team, Mercedes will continue as engine supplier until at least 2025.
Williams turned to Mercedes power with some success, finishing third in 2014 and 2015 during the first two seasons of the partnership. But the team has since endured a difficult couple of seasons.
The announcement will surely come as a fillip for the Acronis partner team going forward, especially as new technical regulations planned for 2021 as well as a budget cap could make racing more competitive and level the playing field further.
Extending our power unit partnership with Mercedes-Benz until the end of 2025! 🙌
We’ve had some great moments over the past six years and we’re looking forward to many more as we fight our way back up the grid 🤜🤛 pic.twitter.com/KFM8juc23Q
— ROKiT WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) September 13, 2019
“Williams is one of the iconic brands in F1,” commented Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff. They have been through some tough times recently but that has only served to demonstrate their resilience and strength of character as they battle back to where they belong on the grid.
“I am certain that the outlook for independent teams is bright under the financial regulations that will be introduced from 2021 and we are delighted to continue our partnership with Williams into that new era of our sport.”
For team boss Claire Williams, being tied to one of the most successful engine manufacturers for in the sport for a further six years represents a step in the right direction as the team looks to climb back up the grid.
“We have enjoyed a wonderful partnership with Mercedes-Benz over the past six years of what was originally a seven-year agreement, and so we are delighted to be continuing working with them for a further five years from 2021,” added Williams. “Mercedes-Benz has been one of the sport’s most successful engine suppliers and we believe that they will continue to have an extremely competitive engine package going forwards. Over our time with them they have become a real friend of the team, and we look forward to working with Mercedes-AMG HPP in future.”
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) September 13, 2019