Williams Martini Racing has confirmed a new partnership with technology giants Acronis ahead of the 2018 Formula 1 world championship.

The British F1 team is gearing up for its 2018 squad presentation this week with new driver Sergey Sirotkin alongside the retained Lance Stroll with Robert Kubica joining the team as reserve driver.

After finishing last season fifth in the F1 world constructors’ championship, Williams is eager to climb back up the pecking order ahead of an expected resurgence from the likes of McLaren and Renault in 2018 and the team hopes to make technological gains with its new Acronis partnership.

Acronis’ expertise in data protection will help Williams deal with the growing volumes of data without compromising security and flexibility in F1, with its systems already used by rivals Toro Rosso and Renault e.dams in Formula E.

“Technical innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Williams, and with that comes a crucial need to protect our data,” Claire Williams, deputy team principal at Williams said. “Acronis will protect Williams’ on premise and cloud service data with backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Acronis whose values mirror our own to push technology and innovation. We look forward to them helping to deliver practical solutions throughout the coming season to support our racing efforts.”

John Zanni, Acronis President, has echoed Williams’ comments and is eager to help the F1 team make progress in 2018.

“Acronis is at the leading edge of data protection technology and continuing to push,” Zanni said. “Speed, technology, innovation, and a never-give-up attitude are at the heart of our DNA and this is what unites us with Williams.

“Acronis’ data protection solutions are perfectly suited for Williams data-intensive environment. We’re looking forward to a productive season together.”