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Williams Selects New Engine Supplier

by F1Fan on November 3, 2009

In what seems like a somewhat risky move Williams has joined camp with the new Formula One teams, USF1, Campos, Manor and Lotus F1 in selecting Cosworth as their new engine supplier.

While Cosworth have a long history of supplying Engines for Formula One they have not been in the sport since the end of the 2006 season when after a seasonof poor reliability with respect to their new V8’s design the only two teams using Cosworth engines, Williams(V8) and Toro Rosso (detuned V10), chose to use other Engine manufacturers for the following season.

The announcement was made over the race weekend in Abu Dhabi with the team confirming that they had signed a long term engine partnership with Cosworth. In a prepared statement Frank Williams Team Principal explained their decision:

“Cosworth have impressed us with the quality of their technical team and convinced us that their programme will deliver a competitive Formula One engine. In addition, like Williams, Cosworth is an independent company whose owners share our passion for racing and engineering. We believe that, working together, we will develop not only a competitive racing car for 2010 but also a long-term partnership that can take on the best in Formula One.”

Cosworth is evidently also very pleased to have an experienced Formula One team on board and to renew its relationship with Williams, Mark Gallagher, Cosworth’s General Manger for Formula One echoed Frank Williams, stating

“Cosworth is delighted to be renewing our partnership with Williams. We look forward to forging a long-standing relationship, not only for the supply of competitive Formula One engines, but also in the joint development of new technologies that have wider application outside of Formula One.”

Somewhat surprisingly Cosworth will go from no where on the grid in 2009 to the most prolific engine manufacturer for the 2010 season with five teams confirmed as using their engines. I just hope that they have those reliability gremlins sorted in the new engine design.

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