2006 teammates Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber have reacted in stark contrast to the announcement that Williams will next year be powered by Toyota engines.
Rosberg, the 21-year-old rookie who will undoubtedly be a part of the Grove based squad in 2007, told his Castrol column that it is a ‘huge’ step for a team that presently forks out for Cosworth V8s.
The German said: ”It’s great for the team and it’s great to be part of Toyota.
”Long term it will definitely be a good thing for us on a commercial level, as we now have a very strong package to attract new sponsors.”
Australian Webber, on the other hand, is deep in talks with Williams about a new contract for 2007, and said news of the semi-works Toyota deal was ‘not massively’ exciting for him.
”Cosworth have done a good job for us this year,” he was quoted as saying by Speed TV.
”(Toyota’s) Jarno (Trulli) blew up (on Saturday at Hockenheim). You always think it’s greener somewhere else.
”Commercially obviously it’s attractive, but whether that helps you in the last stint at Budapest next year, that’s what we’ve got to try and work out, how we roll that into performance.”