Williams Racing, the UK-based Formula 1 (F1) motor racing team, has signed a multi-year partnership with Japanese construction company Komatsu.
As part of the deal, Komatsu’s logo will feature on the Williams F1 cars driven by Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant, as well as the drivers’ overalls and Williams’ Racing team kit.
The two companies had previously been partnered in the 1980s and 90s.
Last month it was revealed Williams Racing will continue to use Mercedes power units when the championship’s new engine regulations are introduced in 2026 after striking a contract extension until at least 2030.
The deal comes as F1 teams prepare for the new engine measures, which will feature fully sustainable fuels and a greater output of electric power as part of its efforts to become net carbon zero from 2030.
The deal came after Williams announced a multi-year sponsorship deal with British e-commerce retail company THG, making it an official partner across nutrition, technology, e-commerce, and sustainability.
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Meanwhile, the Aston Martin Formula One Team and data company NetApp have announced the renewal of their partnership, designating NetApp as the team’s global data infrastructure partner.
This partnership, which originally began in 2021, allows Aston Martin to continue to use NetApp’s storage technology to store, manage, and access data.
Last month OMP became Aston Martin’s official racewear supplier, and from the 2024 season onwards the team’s drivers – Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll – will use OMP products including suits, gloves, shoes, and underwear. Mechanics will also be “equipped and protected” by OMP items.
In mid-December, Saudi oil giant Aramco was unveiled as the sole title sponsor of Aston Martin F1 for the next five seasons.
Previously, Aramco and data technology and business service firm Cognizant were joint title sponsors, but as of January 1, the team is known as Aston Martin Aramco.
Elswhere, Alpine Motorsports has partnered with watch company H. Moser & Cie, making it Alpine’s first global partner.
The deal with H. Moser & Cie. covers all of Alpine’s Motorsport portfolio, including the Alpine F1 Team, Endurance Team, Academy, and Rac(H)er, making the company the timekeeping partner of Alpine Motorsports across all disciplines.
As part of the deal, there will be an exchange program between Alpine F1 Team’s technical centre and H. Moser & Cie’s Neuhausen am Rheinfall manufacturing center.
The first Grand Prix of the 2024 F1 season will take place in Bahrain on March 2, with the 24-race campaign running until December 8 in Abu Dhabi.