Williams and Petrobras, the semi-public Brazilian multinational energy corporation, and the steady English F1 team are set to announce a three year partnership today [Tuesday] at a function in Rio de Janeiro.
According to reports in Brazil, Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams will be present at the function, which reunites the two organisations.
Williams and Petrobras have a successful past. Between 1998 and 2008, the two companies were partners, through the Grove team’s various periods with Mecachrome (formerly Renault), BMW, Cosworth and Toyota power.
The first chapter of the Williams-Petrobas partnership lasted 11 seasons, with 649 points scored, 10 victories, 19 poles positions, 19 fastest laps and 54 podiums.
Despite being out of Formula 1 since 2009, Petrobras has continued to develop fuel for Formula 1 through periodic testing with manufacturers, including involvement in the development of the new Renault turbo engine at Viry-Chatillon.
With Felipe Massa in the Williams team, the deal is even sweeter for Petrobras, however it appears the partneship is not dependent on the Brazilian driver.
Petrobras branding is expected to be on the Mercedes powered Williams FW36 on the first day of the Bahrain test, where it is expected that the team’s new livery – featuring the iconic Martini brand – will be unveiled. (GP247)
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