“Of course, there's also great pride in reviving the Williams-Renault name. Together, we produced racing cars that are recognised for their technical innovation, and it is still Renault's most successful period in F1 to-date. It's a hugely exciting opportunity for both Renault and Williams.”
The announcement quells speculation that Renault is reconsidering its immediate commitment to F1 – with Lotus Renault GP, Red Bull Racing, Team Lotus and Williams now all set to use the French manufacturer's engines – and is also ostensibly a step in the right direction for Williams, as the Grove-based outfit endeavours to rediscover its winning form.
The last time the team took the chequered flag first was when Juan-Pablo Montoya prevailed in the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos – and it presently sits a lowly ninth in the F1 2011 constructors' table, lowest of the established competitors and with just two ninth-place finishes to its credit from the opening eight races courtesy of experienced Brazilian Rubens Barrichello.
To read an interview on the revival of the legendary Williams-Renault partnership with Williams F1 chairman Adam Parr, click here
, and with Renault Sport F1 president Bernard Rey, click here