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Old 27 Jun 2003, 14:08 (Ref:644803)   #1
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Williams & BMW extend partnership

Reuters report the partnership has been extended until 2009.

" This new contract envisages enhanced integration between the two partners" said BMW's Burkhard Goeschel. FW said " I have every confidence that with the structure of this new agreement we will be able to draw from a deeper pool of BMW resource"
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Old 27 Jun 2003, 14:13 (Ref:644806)   #2
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More input from BMW in stuff like chassis design sounds good.
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Old 27 Jun 2003, 14:23 (Ref:644813)   #3
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I'm slightly suprised at this, I wasn't expecting BMW to tie themselves down to Williams for so long. The actual WIlliams chassis has been weaker than the engine for each of the last 3 years, and Gerhard Berger has been agitated about this.

What happens if Honda buy BAR, Mercedes buy McLarenoir strike out on their own? BMW become the only non-fully-works team. This may not impact their track performance, but it will cost them in the publicity stake,s which is ultiamtely what they're their for. 'Reanult' winning a race sounds much more impressive than 'Williams, assisted by BMW', which is how the man on the street views it.

Perhaps increased cross-pollination of technical staff will be the solution to the poor performance. Thinking about it, Frank and patrick will probably be ready to sell up by 2009, and BMW may buy the team. The whole environemtn of F1 might've changed by then though - 6 years is a long time to make this commitment.
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Old 27 Jun 2003, 14:53 (Ref:644853)   #4
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It appears all th teams will go full works, do you think BMW is going to race a bad williams? it will be very heavily influenced. no one is as lucky as maclaren and mercedes that is a partnership
newey is the best.
Now Toyota better get their **** together, BAR will become HONDA soon enouugh the livery is already leaning that way, Jaguar is a very poor works effort but it is a work team. Renault...I don't see the trend dieing out any time soon.
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Old 27 Jun 2003, 14:55 (Ref:644859)   #5
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I thought Gerhard Berger retired at the start of the season....whats he still doing with Williams?
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Old 27 Jun 2003, 14:59 (Ref:644870)   #6
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I think BMW see it as their own team but without having to deal with all the crummy day-to-day stuff.
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Old 27 Jun 2003, 15:11 (Ref:644879)   #7
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... This may not impact their track performance, but it will cost them in the publicity stake,s which is ultiamtely what they're their for. 'Reanult' winning a race sounds much more impressive than 'Williams, assisted by BMW', which is how the man on the street views it.
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Honda has been in F1 from almost 20 years, and never got on the track with a branded car; they tried 1999, but also in that case they entrusted Dallara to privide for the chassis.
At the end of the day they estimated that providing the sole engine, the return of image is pretty much the same, it involves a lower investment and risk in case of bad results.
Take the case of Toyota and Honda: Toyota pays entirely their failure, whereas Honda can say: it depends on BAR's bad chassis; BMW as well can chanrge FW25 for disappointing season start.
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Old 27 Jun 2003, 15:14 (Ref:644880)   #8
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HONDA? 20 years, perhaps straight but honda has been in it since 1964. thats 40 years mate
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Old 27 Jun 2003, 15:36 (Ref:644897)   #9
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And with their own car too.
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Well, I'm glad they have extended the contract. Williams is a solid team, and BMW deserves that.
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I must say I'm VERY pleased.
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Its great news indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think that if BMW had set up its own team it would have taken many years to get a chasis as good as the engine.

OK, the Williams isn't the best chassis at the moment, but its getting better. In the last 4 races they have scored 41 points which is only 12 behind Ferrari (16 ahead of McLaren and 20 ahead of Renault).
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Old 27 Jun 2003, 18:38 (Ref:645008)   #13
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It was the only smart move BWM could make. If they were to pull out they would have lost the battle against Mercedes in their key performance market, if they had gone it alone then there is no way they'd be on Williams/Mclaren/Ferrari pace any time soon and with the top teams all manufacturer backed already there was no option to jump ship and go elsewhere. BWM needs Williams more than the other way around so this was always going to happen.
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Old 27 Jun 2003, 19:01 (Ref:645020)   #14
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I was VERY surprised at the length of the contract, I was expecting maybe till the end of 2005.

Seems like BMW are in now for the long haul.

Whats the bet that if they haven't won the championship by 2009 they pull out?
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Old 27 Jun 2003, 19:12 (Ref:645028)   #15
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Ferrari have proved that long term stability is the key to success. It was always going to be all or nothing.
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