Williams hope Renault deal can boost chances

Sir Frank Williams is convinced his team will again scale the heights of glory after rekindling their love affair with Renault.

Powered by the French engine giant in the early-to-mid 1990s, the Grove-based team were virtually unbeatable, winning four drivers' titles, five constructors' championships and 63 grands prix.



They were halcyon days, but long in the past as you have to go back to the final race of 2004 for the team's last victory, a miserable run of 116 grands prix.



In attempting to end the worst period in their history, Williams have now turned to Renault to assist them again, with a two-year supply deal to begin from next season.



"On the face of it, people will assume with Williams and Renault back together it's a great story, and watch the winning happen," said Williams.



"But I remind myself that what we used to achieve with Renault in the '90s is by no means a guarantee for what we perhaps can achieve in the future.



"The Renault engine can win races, does still win races, and now we have ahead of us at Williams a steep mountain to climb, and we will do so.



"How long it will take is another matter, but we are determined to deliver our side of the bargain, and as we do that, to enjoy our Formula One racing.



"Personally I'm really thrilled, delighted and slightly nervous."



Williams' words prefaced a video that highlighted the glory times when Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve were champions.



Mansell, who won 27 races in two separate spells with Williams before taking the title in his final year with them in 1992, is naturally hoping the worst is behind them.



"It's wonderful Williams is now reunited with Renault again when you think of the success of the past," said Mansell.



"But we mustn't dwell on that. It's about success in the future, about concentrating on the car, the package, and hopefully they will be winning races again.



"But this is very exciting for Williams. To be one of four teams to be supported by Renault is quite a coup, so congratulations to the Williams team."



As one of the team's current drivers, Rubens Barrichello would love to be a part of their future, and hopefully return to winning ways again.



Signed by Williams ahead of last season to help develop the team, the Brazilian, who recently turned 39, has been hampered by an uncompetitive Cosworth engine.



But with a Renault behind him, given the fact they powered Red Bull to the title last year and are poised to repeat the feat this year, Barrichello would like to believe the good times lie in wait.



"I was employed by the team to take them back to the top, and this partnership will make it much easier," said Barrichello.



"Of course we're going through a difficult phase, we know why, we're trying to address it and this is a good part of it.



"There's some way to go to be very successful, but hopefully now it's not too long to wait."



PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game