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HRT extend technical collaboration with Williams 03 Nov 2011

Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team HRT F111.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Qualifying Day, Saturday, 29 October 2011 Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW33.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Qualifying Day, Saturday, 29 October 2011 Colin Kolles (GER) HRT Formula 1 Team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Qualifying Day, Saturday, 29 October 2011 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) HRT Formula One Team HRT F111. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race, Sunday, 30 October 2011 Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team HRT F111.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Qualifying Day, Saturday, 29 October 2011

HRT have announced that they have renewed their existing deal with Williams for the supply of gearboxes until the end of the 2012 season. The new agreement will also see closer technical collaboration between the two teams, with Williams providing the Spanish squad with KERS and its associated technology for the first time.

“In these past two years we have established a fruitful collaboration with Williams F1 and are pleased to continue having them play an important role in the development of our team,” explained HRT Team principal Colin Kolles. "Apart from the experience we have accumulated in these years together, they will not only provide us with the latest technology in gearboxes but we will also reap the benefits of having KERS for next year, this being an important step for our team."

HRT hope the collaboration will contribute to improving their performance level ahead of the launch of their car for next season, the F112. The team have been working on their new charge over the past few months from their Munich technical office, which houses over 60 people working under the supervision of Jacky Eeckelaert and aerodynamicist Stephane Chosse.

“We have grown as a team with Williams F1’s support and we are pleased to continue counting on them in the future, given their trajectory, prestige and renowned experience in Formula One,” continued Kolles. "This agreement strengthens the development of the 2012 car that is currently taking place at our technical office in Munich. At HRT we are working on thoroughly improving the performance of our cars and our target is still to finish in the top ten in 2012. This deal brings us one step closer to that objective.”

Alex Burns, Williams F1 CEO, added: "I am delighted that we are extending our agreement with HRT, in both its scope and duration. We have enjoyed a good working relationship with HRT in 2011 and look forward to continuing this in 2012 and beyond. The fact that they have selected Williams F1's gearbox and KERS technology for their car is a credit to all of the Williams F1 people involved in our cost-effective engineering and manufacturing in these areas."

HRT are currently 11th out of the 12 teams in the constructors’ standings. Although, like fellow 2010 newcomers Lotus and Virgin, they are yet to score any world championship points, some strong finishes including 17th places in Monaco and Canada mean they lead Virgin in the table.

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