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Toyota engines for Williams in 2007 27 Jul 2006

Williams-Toyota engine announcement July 26, 2006. © WilliamsF1.

Toyota are to supply engines to the Williams team after the two parties reached a three-year agreement on Wednesday evening. The much-anticipated deal will commence with the 2007 season.

Under the terms of the agreement, Williams - currently powered by Cosworth - will use the same specification of engine as Toyota’s own works squad, and both teams said they expect to gain significant benefits from a relationship based on “robust on-track competition and close off-track co-operation”.

On the announcement of the agreement, Toyota's Executive Vice President Kazuo Okamoto said: "We are delighted to be supplying Williams with engines from 2007 and working alongside a team rich in history and Formula One spirit."

John Howett, President of Toyota Motorsport, added: "We are pleased to be selected as the engine provider to Williams and look forward to establish a strong relationship with them. We look forward to both teams using each other as a comparative benchmark from which each can improve its own performance and to competing with each other at the front of the grid."

For his part, Williams team principal, Frank Williams commented, "This agreement is the cornerstone of Williams' challenge for the World Championship. Toyota is an impressive and remarkable industrial giant, with the most phenomenal reputation for achieving the goals it sets itself. We are proud to have secured their support in our efforts to return to our competitive best."

It is not yet clear how the deal will affect the Midland team, who currently use Toyota engines.