Mercedes and Williams have extended their partnership, ensuring that Mercedes will continue to supply power units to Williams until the 2030 Formula 1 season. This collaboration has been ongoing since the start of the turbo-hybrid era in 2014. The extension comes ahead of significant changes in the sport’s technical regulations, which are set to begin in 2026.
Williams, having finished seventh in the Constructors’ Championship in the 2023 season, is optimistic about the future. The team’s principal, James Vowles, expressed enthusiasm about the long-term agreement with Mercedes, emphasizing how it aligns with the team’s aspirations. The partnership reflects a positive step for Williams as they enter the new era of Formula 1.
McLaren had previously announced a similar extension of their power unit supply agreement with Mercedes until 2030 in November. These long-term agreements indicate stability for both teams in terms of power unit supply, allowing them to focus on their performance and objectives on the track.
As Formula 1 moves toward major changes in 2026, with new technical regulations and a commitment to fully sustainable fuels, securing a reliable and competitive power unit becomes increasingly crucial for teams. The collaboration between Mercedes and Williams not only ensures a continuation of their successful partnership but also emphasizes the significance of long-term planning and stability in the ever-evolving landscape of Formula 1.
News like this reminds us of the alliances that take place off the grid. Teams can be so competitive when it’s race time, but it is more than usual for them to sign agreements and contracts to supply materials or handle important aspects of a team’s design or engineering work. Aston Martin is also another team that Mercedes supplies with engines, but that is expected to change from the 2026 season when they switch to engines from Honda.