APRIL 27, 1998
Sauber bidding for Mecachrome
Williams is expected to continue with Mecachrome next year as BMW is simply not ready to enter F1 until 2000. Benetton is expected to give up its Mecachrome supply (badged as Playlife V10s) next year to begin a new relationship with Ford which has realized that if it wants to win races in the short term then it must do it with a team other than Stewart. This supply could go to Sauber but British American racing also wants the engines.
It is thought unlikely that Mecachrome would expand to three supplies because Williams has an agreement with Renault that this will not happen. It should, however, be remembered that Williams had an exclusive deal for Renault engines in 1995 but that the management at Renault Sport went back on that deal and supplied Benetton as well.
Williams was pacified by Renault with the lucrative deal to run Renault products in the British Touring Car Championship.