Williams announces Toyota engine splitUPDATE Toyota Motorsport confirms it has reached agreement with Williams F1 to end its engine supply contract at the end of the 2009 Formula 1 season.
An extension of the contract, which began in 2007, was signed earlier this year but at the request of Williams F1, has been terminated by mutual agreement.
Tadashi Yamashina, Chairman of Toyota Motorsport, 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."
Since the partnership began, Toyota engines have powered 10 podium finishes; three for AT&T Williams and seven for Panasonic Toyota Racing. Toyota PR
10/14/09 (GMM) Williams on Wednesday confirmed it will part company with its current engine supplier Toyota at the end of 2009.
Team principal Sir Frank Williams thanked the Japanese company for stepping forward with a three-year supply "at a time of great difficulty for us" in 2007.
"Toyota has been a very decent partner who have always respected our independence and provided us with a first-rate technical product," he said.
Also in the media statement, the Grove based team said it will confirm its new supplier for 2010 "in due course".
Brazilian media reports this week said the outfit will be powered by Cosworth engines, but a deal with Renault has also been speculated.
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