London: Former champions Williams will supply gearboxes to the HRT Formula One team in a deal that the struggling newcomers hoped on Tuesday would boost their performance in 2011.
Cash-strapped HRT have yet to score a point in 17 races and their future beyond this season has been the subject of some speculation in the grand prix paddock.
“This technical partnership is a significant step forward for Hispania Racing, HRT F1 team, to improve its performance,” said the Spanish-licensed team’s principal Colin Kolles in a statement.
Williams CEO Alex Burns said it was a “logical partnership given Williams and Hispania’s mutual relationship with (engine provider) 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,” he added.
Like other new teams Lotus and Virgin Racing, HRT started the season using Xtrac gearboxes. Lotus, who have ended their agreement with Cosworth, have already announced that they will be using systems provided by Red Bull next year.