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Williams end Toyota deal

(UKPA) – Wed. 14th Oct. 2009

The Williams Formula One team have announced their engine supply deal with Japanese manufacturer Toyota will end at the conclusion of the 2009 season.

The announcement, which had been expected for several weeks, leaves the Grove-based team free to name its engine supplier for the 2010 season, with both Renault and Cosworth having been linked as a possible replacement for Toyota.

Williams team boss Frank Williams said: "At a time of great difficulty for us as a team, Toyota stepped forward and agreed to supply us with engines for 2007 through to the end of 2009."

He added: "Toyota has been a very decent partner who have always respected our independence and provided us with a first-rate technical product. We are proud that we have been able to work with such a great company and we are grateful to the team in Cologne for their support.

"I would like to single out for our thanks the Toyota engineers and technicians who have worked within our race team tirelessly for the past three years."

Toyota motorsport boss Tadashi Yamashina said: "We have enjoyed a productive working relationship with Williams and I believe both companies have benefited from that partnership. We respect the wishes of Williams to look for other opportunities and wish them well for the future."

One man who could benefit from the new engine deal at Williams is current Brawn GP driver Rubens Barrichello.

The Brazilian has revealed he has had talks with Williams over moving to the Oxfordshire outfit next season.

The 37-year-old trails championship leader and Brawn team-mate Jenson Button by 14 points in the standings ahead of his home race at Interlagos this weekend.

Barrichello, in quotes reported by The Guardian, said: "I haven't signed with anybody yet. But it's true that I'm talking with Williams and Brawn."

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