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Williams boss Claire Williams has denied speculation that her team was responsible in pushing FIA to implement customer engine parity this season.
In January, Charlie Whiting issued a technical directive on the matter, and Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner had asked the media to “ask Claire Williams” where all of this started from.
Mercedes supremo Toto Wolff was quick to deny that the FIA had any set agenda against Mercedes or that either Williams or Force India had lobbied the FIA, and Williams has now backed this claim.
“Contrary to comments made recently in the press, we refute any suggestion that we have questioned the parity of the power units provided by Mercedes-AMG HPP,” Williams said in a statement.
“We are absolutely confident that the power units used by Mercedes, Force India and ourselves are identical in terms of both hardware and software.
“We have an excellent professional and personal relationship with Mercedes, and our focus is firmly on continuing the good work that we have started, as we prepare for the final test in Barcelona this week ahead of the new season.”
It is key to note that Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe had claimed that there was absolutely no need for teams to push for parity – because it would undoubtedly help the team’s immediate rivals to find more performance from their power units.
“If you analyse it, it’s probably bad for us, because I’m not aware of any difference that memo will make to Mercedes,” he told Motorsport.com.
“It might affect other engine manufacturers, in which case it will bump up some of our potential rivals, like McLaren or Red Bull, for the sake of argument.
“On that basis it certainly would not be in our interest to have promoted it.”
Lowe claimed that Mercedes would much rather have its customers play with the same specs and operating conditions, because it can learn more from six cars than two.
“Mercedes values the contribution of their customer teams in the generation of engine performance and reliability data. So they want us to run at the same levels.”