Williams confirms third car

Wed, 26 October 2005, 12:27

Williams F1 has confirmed that is has the intention to run with a third car on the Fridays of the 2006 Grand Prix. For the first time since 1999 the team failed to finish the season among the top four constructors.

“It is going to be a financial penalty that we are not particularly well equipped to handle, but we believe we have to participate in that and we will deal with it,” Sir Frank Williams told Autosport-Atlas.

Williams will use Cosworth engines next year after BMW bought the Sauber Formula 1 team. Williams has to pay for the Cosworth engines, for the first time since 1999 the team of Frank Williams won’t be backed by a manufacter. Williams also lost his major sponsor HP and some other smaller financial backers.

The third car can generate some extra budget as the third driver has to pay for his drive. Indian Narain Karthikeyan and Dutchman Robert Doornbos and Christijan Albers already spoke with Williams about a job as third driver for next year.

Peter Gloudemans

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