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Iconic Williams-Renault partnership revived from 2012

“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

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July 05, 2011 12:18 AM

Finally some good news comes to Williams. I grew up watching DH, DC, and JV in Williams cars just killing the competition. I'm glad to see they finally dump Cosworth. I'll never for get that line Martin Brundel said "Cosworth power is decent, but somewhere after a few races the power just falls off like a cliff." I don't want Williams to come back and ruling again (much like RBR is doing right now making F1 more boring than watching paint dry), but I would love more than anything for the team to taste a race win again.

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