McLaren urges Williams to join forces

McLaren wants to form an alliance with Williams to hasten development of the Michelin tyres they both use and hence cut the current World Championship advantage of Ferrari

McLaren urges Williams to join forces

"We have started to [work together] now, but we have to take the next step," said McLaren managing director Martin Whitmarsh. "We have got to recognize that as McLaren-Mercedes and BMW-Williams, we both have a common interest to get on and work with the tyres."

The two teams are already sharing tyre data in a limited way, but McLaren wants to move the deal forward, as both teams seek to improve their performance dramatically before the 2003 season and counter an advantage Ferrari is perceived to derive from its close relationship with its tyre company Bridgestone.
Whitmarsh believes that Williams and McLaren's tyre requirements are sufficiently similar to warrant further co-operation, and that the simialrly high standards set by the two teams would make such a deal fruitful.

For full details of this story, see Autosport magazine, out today.

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