Official confirmation of the anticipated tie-up between WilliamsF1 and Chinese IT company Lenovo looks set to have to wait until the team's 2007 launch on Friday, following denials that a deal has been done.

Although 'leaked' photographs of a Williams chassis bearing distinctive Lenovo logos on the sidepods and rear wing have been circulating on the internet for some time, a representative of the laptop brand has openly denied that a partnership exists. Ironically, Friday's team launch is supposedly going to lack at least one crucial element - media photographers (and maybe a second if rumours that the car will also be absent) - meaning that visual confirmation of any deal, and how Lenovo logos will feature on the FW29, may have to wait.

According to the Chinese media, however, the Lenovo Group will back Williams to the tune of $40million and receive prominent branding for its contribution to the fighting fund. The deal would effectively see Lenovo, which recently acquired IBM's laptop rights, take the place of Hewlett Packard, which backed the Grove team between 2000-05. The anticipated announcement, however, would appear to have implications for the much-hyped arrival of AT&T among Williams' sponsors, the telecoms company allegedly becoming the team's new title sponsor late last year. The 'leaked' images show AT&T logos restricted to the front wing...

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