HRT extends Williams gearbox deal and add KERS

HRT has extended its Williams gearbox deal into 2012, and the new F112 will also use KERS technology supplied by the British team.

Intriguingly HRT chose the day of the Geneva F1 Commission meeting – where co-operation between the teams is on the agenda – to announce the news.

Colin Kolles has been adamant that his arrangement with Williams is faithful to the rules and says that is not the case for other teams. The team said today that “the deal with Williams F1 strictly follows the terms agreed in the Concorde Agreement and both teams will compete independently in the Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship.”

Explaining the extended arrangement, Kolles said: “We have grown as a team with Williams F1’s support and we are pleased to continue counting on them in the future, given their trajectory, prestige and renowned experience in Formula 1.

“This agreement strengthens the development of the 2012 car that is currently taking place at our technical office in Munich. At HRT we are working on thoroughly improving the performance of our cars and our target is still to finish in the top ten in 2012. This deal brings us one step closer to that objective.”

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