Williams formally split with Toyota

Williams have announced they have split with engine partner Toyota for the upcoming season. The Grove-based team have been widely expected to drop the Japanese powerplants, despite a relatively productive three season partnership, and the announcement came today from Sir Frank Williams himself.

“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,” he said.

“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 boss Tadashi Yamashina added: “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.”

Williams are thought to be investigating options with Renault and Cosworth for engines next season.