In a press release sent to the media earlier today, Frank Williams confirmed the split, while thanking the Japanese manufacturer for their support in the last few years. However, the British owner did not announce Toyota's replacement for engine supply in 2010, as the decision will be made “in due course.”
“Toyota has been a very decent partner who have always respected our independence and provided us with a first-rate technical product,” said Williams, while announcing the end of their partnership with Toyota.
Hours later, the Japanese manufacturer issued a statement of their own in which they also confirm the split from Williams F1. In the statement, Toyota reveals that it was at Williams' request that the contract was terminated, as the two parties had recently signed an extension to their initial deal earlier this season.
“We have enjoyed a productive working relationship with Williams and I believe both companies have benefited from that partnership. We respect the wishes of Williams to look for other opportunities and wish them well for the future,” said adashi Yamashina, Chairman of Toyota Motorsport.
Under the circumstances, Williams is now alive on the engine market – as are Toyota – as they are now looking at two possibilities for the 2010 engine supply: either the FIA-guaranteed Cosworth option, or a Renault deal.