Williams Hits Out at BMW

Frank Williams believes his team's relationship with engine partner BMW is the most hostile he has experienced in three decades of Formula One

Williams Hits Out at BMW

Williams, whose team have been using BMW engines since the 2000 season, is keen to continue working with the German manufacturer but admits that constant sniping over the car's performance has placed a strain on the working environment.

"Our partnerships in the past with Renault and Honda have been more successful and co-operative," Williams told this week's Autosport magazine. "You never had this constant finger-pointing.

"We do not constantly ask why BMW had some 150 engine failures in 2000 alone."

Williams won two constructors' titles with Honda in 1986 and 1987, and five with Renault between 1992 and 1997.

Their best result with BMW has been second places in 2002 and 2003.

BMW have been linked with a buyout of the Sauber team, although both parties have denied the reports. Instead, the Swiss outfit are expected to announce an engine supply deal starting in 2006.

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