Williams have announced they will supply gearboxes to HRT in 2011.
Both teams use Cosworth engines and Williams say the deal will “extend for the lifecycle of the current Cosworth engine technology”.
HRT have been using Xtrac transmissions this year. In June technical director Geoff Willis blamed them for a spate of reliability problems with the team’s F110:
Most of our problems have been related to transmission hydraulics, which is a complicated part of the car. It is the first time that Xtrac has been involved as a supplier of the whole system.
Team principal Colin Kolles said:
This technical partnership is a significant step forward for Hispania Racing HRT F1 Team to improve its performance. We are very happy to do this with an engineering company and race team like Williams F1 which has an impressive track record and astonishing heritage.
Williams F1 CEO Alex Burns added:
This is a logical partnership given Williams and Hispania’s mutual relationship with Cosworth. Our gearbox technology has consistently proven itself as both competitive and reliable, and hence this agreement will be a positive development for both organisations.
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