Formula One team McLaren have announced a technical partnership with Brazilian multinational corporation Petrobras.
The company will become the British outfit’s fuel supplier, taking over the role from BP Castrol, which only started its collaboration with the team at the beginning of last year.
Under the terms of the deal, Petrobras will have its branding displayed on McLaren’s race cars, driver uniforms and physical facilities. The company will also have a laboratory in McLaren’s team garage during practice sessions and races, allowing its mechanics to conduct real-time analysis of fuel performance.
Additionally, McLaren and Petrobras will work together to develop high-performance fuel and lubricants specifically tailored to the team, and will also explore the possibility of extending the partnership to other strategic areas, including the sharing of technologies.
The switch from BP Castrol to Petrobras comes after McLaren dropped Honda for Renault as their official engine supplier following a disappointing 2017 season which saw the team finish ninth in Formula One’s constructors’ championship.
“Brazil’s passion for Formula One is legendary and the country has produced some of the most iconic names in Formula One history,” said Zak Brown, McLaren Technology Group’s executive director. “We are delighted to deepen our relationship with Brazilian Formula One fans through our partnership with Petrobras, a flagship brand for the nation. Petrobras is an ambitious organisation and we look forward to McLaren being an accelerator and enhancer in their brand-building efforts.”
“Partnerships are strategic for Petrobras,” said Petrobras chief executive Pedro Parente. “The technologies developed for Formula One will be transferred to the products we offer our customers, and being at the forefront of fuel and lubricant development is of value to our company, its shareholders and customers.”
“The effective development of the fuels and lubricants we race is a mission-critical contribution to our primary objective of success in Formula One,” added McLaren Racing director Eric Boullier. “Petrobras is already highly experienced and successful in Formula One and we are extremely impressed by the resources and specialists at their disposal.”
McLaren return to action at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 25th March.