Toyota and Williams Confirm F1 Split image

Williams has confirmed that they will end their engine-supply relationship with Toyota at the end of the season, but have yet to announce a replacement deal.

In a press release sent to the media earlier today, Frank Williams confirmed the split, while thanking the Japanese manufacturer for their support in the last few years.

Williams team principal Frank Williams said: “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 and has 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.”

Under the circumstances, Williams is now alive on the engine market – as are Toyota – as they are now looking at two possibilities for the 2010 engine supply: either the FIA-guaranteed Cosworth option, or a Renault deal.

Toyota motorsport chief Tadashi Yamashina said in a statement: “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.”