CEPSA and Toro Rosso renew partnership 3 February, 2013 116 CEPSA and the Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One team are pleased to announce that they have renewed their official sponsorship agreement, which will be effective for the 2013 season: CEPSA started this sponsorship in September 2011 and now reaffirms its commitment to F1. This will therefore be the third year that the energy group has been a partner of the team. CEPSA’s brand will be again visible on Australian driver Daniel Riccardo and French driver Jean-Eric Vergne’s race suits, and on the nose, rear wing and rear wing endplates of the cars. A new feature of this year’s world championship will be CEPSA’s product placement in the pit box. CEPSA’s Co-Chairman, Santiago Bergareche, remarked; “CEPSA is a proud supporter of the Scuderia Toro Rosso, which represents a major leap forward in our international expansion and the best possible showcase for technology and innovation at the very highest level of motor sport. We believe that Scuderia Toro Rosso shares many of our values and we look forward to enjoying a successful and mutually beneficial partnership throughout the year.” Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal, Franz Tost, commented that “having CEPSA another season on board means a lot to Toro Rosso. CEPSA is one of Spain’s leading companies and, just like F1, it is expanding its operation all around the world. Although closer to home, we and CEPSA will both enjoy performing in front of their home crowd. The team has continued to expand over the past year in terms of our facility in Faenza, so we are in better shape than at any time in our eight year history. Here at Scuderia Toro Rosso, we are keen to repay the confidence CEPSA has shown in us.” CEPSA is an energy group which is wholly-owned by IPIC, employing almost 12 000 professionals and operating at every stage of the hydrocarbon value chain: the exploration and production of oil and gas; refining, transport and marketing of oil and natural gas derivatives; biofuels; cogeneration; and marketing of electricity. CEPSA has developed an important petrochemicals division which is closely integrated with its oil refining activities, where the company manufactures and markets raw materials for the preparation of high added-value products mainly used for the production of new generation plastics and biodegradable detergents. CEPSA has a notable presence in Spain and, with the gradual internationalisation of its activities, it now also conducts its business in Algeria, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, Panama, Peru and Portugal, thereby marketing its products worldwide. Subbed by AJN.