Head: Williams Must Deliver in 2006

Former champions Williams can not afford another Formula One season like the last two, according to the team's co-owner Patrick Head

Head: Williams Must Deliver in 2006

"Williams is an independent company and it cannot continue to survive as a competitive force in F1 with the sort of seasons we have had in 2004 and 2005," he told Autosport magazine on Thursday.

"Anyone can keep running a team down until it's dead in the water, but that's not what Williams is about. We were fourth last year and won a race, this year was more difficult.

"It's too long ago that we won a title and that's something we have to correct if we want to be taken seriously as a competitive force in GP racing."

Williams were last champions in 1997, when they took both titles with Canadian Jacques Villeneuve taking the drivers' crown.

The team did not win a race this season and face a difficult 2006 without their engine partner of the last six years. BMW have bought Sauber to race under their own name.

As well as switching to Cosworth engines, Williams are also moving to Bridgestone tyres, the Japanese brand that was trounced by Michelin this year.

Briton Jenson Button was to have joined from BAR but he paid millions to buy himself out of his contract so that he could stay with the Honda-owned team. Germany's Nico Rosberg is expected to partner Australian Mark Webber instead.

"We're a company that has survived on action rather than talk and we must deliver next year," said Head.

"Anybody who thinks we are a spent force would be making a rash judgement."

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