JANUARY 17, 2000
Williams and Compaq
WILLIAMS and BMW showed off their new colors last week in Munich but failed to name the team's big new sponsor.
A major sponsorship announcement is pending, however, and our spies tell us that BMW Williams F1 has landed a major multi-year deal with the US computer company Compaq - the world's top personal computer supplier which ranks third in all computer sales behind IBM and Hewlett-Packard.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the company ranked 28 in the Fortune 500 list last year and is listed on the NewÊYorkÊStockÊExchange. The company has recently elected a new chief executive Michael D. Capellas.
Ironically, one of Compaq's big competitors is Dell, which sponsored the Williams-run BMW sportscar program last season...