Mercedes has extended its partnership with Williams Racing, making it the second customer team that Mercedes will supply for the 2026 power unit regulations, following McLaren.
‣ Mercedes has extended its partnership with Williams Racing, making it the second customer team for the 2026 power unit regulations.
‣ Toto Wolff, Mercedes team boss, emphasizes that this partnership reinforces Mercedes’ overall motorsport strategy.
‣ The relationship between Williams and Mercedes has been building since 2014, with the aim of challenging at the front of the grid.
‣ Hywel Thomas, Managing Director of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, highlights the successes of the partnership since 2014 and looks forward to the next generation of power units in 2026.
Mercedes has already secured a customer team for 2026 and beyond, partnering with McLaren. Now, they’ve added a second team to their roster: Williams. The partnership between Toto Wolff’s Mercedes and the British team has been extended.
Toto Wolff, the boss of the Mercedes team, couldn’t hide his excitement. “Thrilled to announce Williams Racing as our second customer team for the 2026 power unit regulations,” he said. This news, he added, underscores the strength of Mercedes-Benz in F1. It’s not just validation, but a reinforcement of their overall motorsport strategy.
Wolff reminisced about their relationship with Williams, which dates back to 2014. “We’ve been building and developing our relationship with Williams since then,” he said. As Williams lays the groundwork to challenge at the front of the grid, Wolff is eager to support them with their power unit supply.
The headline? ‘Williams and Mercedes getting closer.’
Hywel Thomas, the Managing Director of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, is also thrilled about the new deal. “Williams is a historic F1 team,” he said. “We’ve had some notable successes together since we first partnered in 2014.” He fondly recalled one of their proudest moments at HPP during the current turbo hybrid era: the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Williams took a well-deserved third and fourth, with their power unit locking out the top four positions.
“Our working relationship with Williams has only strengthened over the past decade,” Thomas concluded. “We’re looking forward to continuing that productive approach as we head into the next generation of power units in 2026.”