Williams ease concerns over 2020 budget

Date published: January 16 2020

Deputy team principal, Claire Williams, has revealed the team have a “healthy racing budget” for the upcoming 2020 Formula 1 season.

Williams’ finances have become a talking point over the course of the winter having recently sold a majority equity stake in their sister company Williams Advanced Engineering to an independent private equity firm controlled by EMK Capital.

Polish oil company Orlen departed as a major Williams sponsor following Robert Kubica’s exit, while other sponsors such as Unilever (now in partnership with McLaren), Symantec, Omnitude and Tata Communications also left.

But, the arrival of Nicholas Latifi, backed by his father, Michael, has helped to offset those exits and Claire Williams has reassured everyone that a budget is available for the team in 2020.

“Sponsorship is hard, it isn’t easy,” Claire Williams told Motorsport.com.

“We all know that and I don’t think any team is finding the sponsorship market in F1 very easy.

“Our business model actually relies heavily on sponsorship and it’s never easy. It hasn’t been for the past decades, but we still managed to find a healthy racing budget with which to do what we need to do over the course of the year.

“We have that going into this year. Obviously as you all know, we sold a majority stake in Advanced Engineering, the proceeds of which come into the F1 team, in order to bolster the budget as well. So I have no concerns over the racing budget for 2020.”

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