Leading data protection and storage company Acronis has joined Williams as a technical partner for the 2018 season.
Acronis is a familiar name in the motorsport arena as the Singapore-based tech company has been a prominent partner of Toro Rosso in F1, as well of the French edams squad in Formula E.
The firm's CEO, Serguei Beloussov, took a keen interest in the Grove-based outfit following the arrival of Sergey Sirotkin, and ultimately considered a deal made sense although it was not conditional on the Russian rookie's presence.
"For us it was totally unrelated. It had to do with the technology. That was the basis of our decision," said Acronis president John Zanni.
"The reason we moved to Williams was the scope of the infrastructure that needed to be protected and Williams’ vision to work with us to protect that infrastructure."
As part of the agreement, Acronis will deliver innovative data protection solutions, including backup, disaster recovery, software-defined storage, and file sync and share.
"Technical innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Williams, and with that comes a crucial need to protect our data," said Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams.
"We are delighted to be partnering with Acronis whose values mirror our own to push technology and innovation.
"We look forward to them helping to deliver practical solutions throughout the coming season to support our racing efforts."
As a reminder, Williams will unveil its 2018 FW18 car this Thursday at an event in London.