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Komatsu renews Formula One links

6 Feb After a couple of decades away, Japanese heavy equipment manufacturer Komatsu is lending its support to Formula One motor racing once again.

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Komatsu has signed a multi-year deal with Williams Racing to become principal partner of the British team from the start of the 2024 FIA Formula One World Championship season.

Williams and Komatsu will collaborate across a range of disciplines, especially relating to Komatsu鈥檚 designated status is: official STEM and early careers partner, official e-sports partner and official construction machinery partner.

Komatsu was a partner of Williams Racing in Formula One during the 1980s and 1990s. In 1996 and 1997 Komatsu supported Williams Racing to constructors鈥 and drivers鈥 championships with Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve. Williams is hoping for a revival of those days with its current drivers Alexander Albon and Nicholas Latifi.

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Komatsu president and chief executive Hiroyuki Ogawa said: 鈥淜omatsu and Williams Racing have shared values around innovation and the development of our people. Through our partnership we look forward to creating value together, both on and off the track. Our partnership with Williams Racing, is aligned with Komatsu鈥檚 mission to create value through manufacturing and technology innovations to empower a sustainable future where people, businesses and our planet can thrive together.鈥

Williams Racing team principal James Vowles said: 鈥淲illiams Racing is delighted to be rekindling our relationship with Komatsu. We have enjoyed huge success together in the past and reuniting is a significant step in Williams Racing鈥檚 long-term mission to return to the front of the grid. Both Williams and Komatsu are committed to attracting and developing the best young talent in pursuit of our goals and we look forward to working together again.鈥

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