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Williams F1 Dumps Toyota Engines for 2010

by F1Fan on October 15, 2009

Yesterday Williams announced that it would no longer be using Toyota engines for the 2010 F1 season.

In their press release Frank Williams, Team Principal thanked Toyota for supplying Engines to the team since 2007.

“At a time of great difficulty for us as a team, Toyota
stepped forward and agreed to supply us with engines for 2007 through to the end of 2009.
Toyota has been a very decent partner who have always respected our independence and
provided us with a first-rate technical product. We are proud that we have been able to work
with such a great company and we are grateful to the team in Cologne for their support. I
would like to single out for our thanks the Toyota engineers and technicians who have
worked within our race team tirelessly for the past three years.”

Toyota Motorsport also confirmed Williams F1’s decision to end the engine supply contract at the end of the 2009 season. While an extension of the original contract, which began in 2007, was signed earlier this year, Williams F1 recently requested an early termination, which Toyota Motorsport has agreed.

Chairman of Toyota Motorsport, Tadashi Yamashina, commented:

“We have enjoyed a productive working relationship with Williams and I believe both companies have benefited from that partnership. We respect the wishes of Williams to look for other opportunities and wish them well for the future.”

Since the partnership began, Toyota engines have powered Williams F1 cars to three podium finishes and seven podium finishes for Panasonic Toyota Racing.

Williams are playing their cards close to their chest and have not yet announced which engine supplier they will be using next season.

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