McLaren and Sparco renew partnership 8 March, 2013 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is delighted to announce that Sparco will continue as an Official Supplier to the team for a further three years. Sparco has been an Official Supplier to Vodafone McLaren Mercedes since 1996, during which time we’ve celebrated outstanding success with 78 grand prix wins, 76 pole positions and 83 fastest laps. Sparco’s technical experts have worked closely with McLaren drivers, race engineers and pit crew over the past 17 years to develop a series of innovations – including the world’s lightest race suit. The company will continue to apply the expertise, innovation and technology it has gained in over 35 years of experience in motor racing at the highest level to provide Vodafone McLaren Mercedes drivers and pit crew with the safest high performance equipment available. Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: “At Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, we constantly strive to find a competitive edge, while ensuring the safety off everyone in our team. Sparco’s commitment to R&D, their expertise developed in over three decades at the cutting edge of motor sport and their passion for racing makes it the ideal partner for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.” “Our strategic partnerships with leading teams like Vodafone McLaren Mercedes enable us to work with the leading drivers, engineers and pit crew in global motorsport. That close relationship allows us to innovate and deliver new technology which increases safety and enhances performance.” said Aldino Bellazzini, Sparco Chairman. Claudio Pastoris, Sparco C.E.O. added: “Sparco is dedicated to R&D and we invest significant resource to enhance the quality and the performance of our products. Underpinning that, there is a passion for racing and we are excited to work with everyone at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes as together we strive to win races and championships in the years to come. Sparco has always been characterized by our ability to compete at the highest levels and to take on new challenges. We are ready to go!” Content on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Getty Images, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.