Williams F1 Hints at Potentially Terminating Partnership With Mercedes Amidst Audi Interests

Published 01/01/2022, 6:24 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 5, 2021 Williams’ Nicholas Latifi in action during practice REUTERS/Andres Stapff


Since the beginning of 2021, Formula 1 has been receiving a lot of interest from other racing outfits and automotive brands, including Andretti Autosport and the Volkswagen Group, thanks to the game-changing regulatory changes which are due in 2026.

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But, let’s keep the focus on the German automotive company for now. Volkswagen has desperately been hunting for ways to sneak one of their sub-brands, Audi or Porsche, into F1. Like any other potential newcomers, they initially looked to buy their way into an existing team.

A rumor bloomed out of McLaren a few months back which claimed the British outfit to be in the middle of talks over selling their F1 team to Audi by 2022. But, the talks never came to fruition.

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Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – Williams’ George Russell during qualifying REUTERS/Johanna Geron

Interestingly, a new rumor has been cooking up in the paddock featuring Williams Racing. Only this time, it isn’t about Audi or Porsche taking over the team’s functioning. Rather, it is about Williams potentially terminating their contract with Mercedes by 2026 and subsequently tying up with Audi.

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Are Williams set to end their partnership with Mercedes?

The answer is no, at least for the time being. Williams F1 boss, Jost Capito, acknowledged that the outfit, which is owned by Dorilton Capital, will not be losing their grip on the engines manufactured by the defending champions of Formula 1 anytime before 2026.

Speaking to Motorsport-Total, Capito said that the entire team is “satisfied with the Mercedes partnership.”

However, the German also pointed out that Williams is open to having talks with the Volkswagen Group in the coming years. It is “attractive for every team to get a factory engine. If there are opportunities for discussions, the discussions will of course be conducted,” he added.

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Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Williams Racing Chief Executive Officer Jost Capito in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

It is likely that the Williams-Mercedes partnership will remain active until the end of 2025. But, with a massive engine regulatory change scheduled for 2026 and potentially new engine manufacturers joining the grid, most of the F1 teams will look to explore their options.

Hence, the 2026 F1 season will witness a significant mix-up within the teams and their engine suppliers. Will Williams be one of them? Only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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