Despite announcements being expected on both the engine and driver fronts in recent weeks, Frank Williams continues to keep his cards close to his chest.

Cornered during Friday's press conference at Indianapolis, the veteran team boss held his nerve in the face of questioning about whether Mark Webber would still be at Grove next year, and whether Cosworth or Toyota would be powering the FW29.

Despite certain sources insisting that a deal had already been struck with Toyota, to be revealed in Montreal last weekend, nothing has been confirmed by the team, and Williams remained evasive under questioning.

"The only answer is that we want a partnership with a manufacturer, that's clear," he said, before insisting that he could reveal no more at the present time.

Whilst the relationship with Cosworth has enjoyed notable high-spots, reliability has been a problem for Williams this year, but the team boss insisted that the engine partner was not to blame.

"It's really been very challenging, and we've had lots of problems this year, not one or two," he admitted, "We've chosen to introduce, rather late in the day, a fairly advanced form of transmission, and we've paid a bit of a price to do so. It's poor delivery, if you like, but it's worth it. We're learning as we go and we hope, at least for next year, if not the second half of this year, that we'll be more reliable - and faster."

On the Webber question, Williams said only that he had until the end of the month to decide whether the Aussie would remain a part of his line-up, although it is unlikely that he would let Webber go voluntarily. The former Renault test driver is being linked to a possible return to Enstone should Kimi Raikkonen not fulfil the latest prophecies and link up with Giancarlo Fisichella for 2007, but Flavio Briatore would have to stump up compensation if he was to lure his protege away from Grove.

"We have an option on Mark until the end of July, and we'll make our decision before that time," Williams said, "If I had made my mind up, I couldn't possibly tell you, without telling everybody else at the same time."

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