HRT has announced an extension of its technical agreement with Williams for the 2012 F1 season.

As was the case this year, the deal will see Williams supply the Spanish team with gearboxes while the new agreement will also see the Grove-based outfit provide HRT with KERS and its related technology.

It will mean HRT is able to make use of KERS for the first time since joining the grid at the start of 2010.

"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," team principal Colin Kolles said. "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.

"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 1. 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."

Williams F1 CEO Alex Burns also welcomed the new deal between the two teams.

"I am delighted that we are extending our agreement with HRT, in both its scope and duration," he said. "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."