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Williams confirm Renault engine deal from 2012 - The engine supplier sign up their fourth team

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Williams confirm Renault engine deal from 2012
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Williams currently use Cosworth engines, but from the end of this season onwards, the team have signed up with Renault to use the French branded engines instead. The deal runs for two seasons, as the future engine regulations are still under discussion at the moment. A Williams-Renault was last seen on the grid in 1997, and the partnership was previously very successful. Together they secured five constructors’ championships, and four drivers’ titles as well.

Team boss Frank Williams said: “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 rebuild our on-track reputation, which I am hopeful that today’s announcement will help us to do.” He also added they are grateful to Cosworth and praised their reliability.

For their part, Renault are happy that in 2012 they will be supplying four teams with engines - Red Bull, Lotus, Williams, and of course, Renault.