This year, new entrants Lotus, Virgin and HRT have been using the FIA-arranged standard hydraulics system supplied by Xtrac.

Williams could be set to supply its hydraulic systems to F1's small new formula one teams.

This year, new entrants Lotus, Virgin and HRT have been using the FIA-arranged standard hydraulics system supplied by Xtrac.

But the systems have proved problematic and unreliable, and it is believed Lotus is designing its own hydraulics for 2011.

And the German-language motorline.cc claims that Williams, the famous independent British team that is also powered by Cosworth engines, could be an option for the other new teams next year.

"We have been asked, and we have agreed," technical director Sam Michael is quoted as confirming.

He did not, however, reveal the names of Williams' new hydraulic systems customers.

 

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