Monday, 4 July 2011

Williams Wants The Good Times Back With Renault

Williams has announced it will use Renault engines from next season and 2013, with an option to continue in 2014. Williams previous relationship with Renault from 1989 to 1997 delivered four drivers and five constructors titles.

Team principal Sir Frank Williams: "We are delighted and excited by our new partnership with Renault. This reunites the F1 team with a leading car manufacturer and complements our new relationship with Jaguar. At the same time, we are grateful to Cosworth: they have been a fair and reliable partner both on and off the track for the past two years and we look forward to working with them across our business in the future."

“Our previous relationship with Renault was one of the most successful in Williams’ history but we will not allow ourselves to dwell too much on the past. We must look to the future and continue to re-build our on-track reputation, which I am hopeful that today’s announcement will help us to do.”

An equally delighted Rubens Barrichello: "I was employed by the team to bring them back to the very front. This partnership will make it much easier.”

Renault Sport F1 president, Bernard Rey, comments: “Renault remains in Formula One to achieve success in a cost efficient way and the partnership with Williams has great potential to add to the results we have notched up over recent years with our other partner teams."

"Williams has recently taken several important steps, both commercially and technically, to update its operations and we feel that this partnership is another important step in its rigorous plan. It reiterates how determined the team is to achieve results, which matches perfectly with our own objectives."

“From 2012 onwards the fact that we will have four partners puts us ahead of other engine manufacturers in terms of market share, but off track it will also enable us to further use Formula One as a marketing platform for our parent company, Renault, to try to bring a bit of this association to our fans and our customers worldwide."

“Of course there’s also a great pride in reviving the Williams-Renault name. Together, we produced racing cars that are recognized for their technical innovation and it is still Renault’s most successful period in F1 to date. It’s a hugely exciting opportunity for both Renault and Williams.”
The History of Williams-Renault
  • Williams-Renault; a nine year relationship between 1989 – 1997
  • 146 race entries (a quarter of all Williams F1 entries have been powered by Renault engines)
  • Five Constructors’ Championships: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997
  • Four Drivers' titles: Mansell (1992), Prost (1993), Hill (1996) and Villeneuve (1997)
  • 63 race wins (equates to more than 50% of Williams victories powered by Renault)
  • 69 fastest laps (out of Williams’ total of 130)
  • 79 pole positions (out of Williams’ total of 126)
  • Taking the Championship at the Hungarian Grand Prix in August, Nigel Mansell won the 1992 Drivers’ title in record time, leading most races from pole to finish
  • A record breaking 24 successive pole positions during the 1992 – 1993 season
  • 15 out of a possible 16 poles secured in one season – achieved in both 1992 and 1993, a record
  • 12 victories in 1996 – the highest number Williams has take in one season
  • 17 one-two finishes (out of Williams’ total 33)
  • 46 front row lockouts
  • 31 races led from pole to victory
  • 6 races before the first Williams-Renault victory
  • The Williams FW14B and FW15C: two of the most technologically advanced cars that will ever race in Formula One

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