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Gillette rumoured to be McLaren new title sponsor

Bruno Senna (BRA) Lotus Renault GP R31. Formula One World Championship, Rd 19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday 26 November 2011.
Bruno Senna ran with Gillette logos during his tenure with Lotus

Another big brand name has emerged as a possible successor for McLaren’s departing title sponsor Vodafone.

The conventional wisdom in the paddock is that the Sergio Perez-linked Telmex – Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s telcom giant – will arrive to replace Vodafone at the end of the year.

“I’m a little sad they are not with me this year, because the team still has a contract with Vodafone,” Perez said on Monday. “I would love to see the blue on my car again.”

Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, however, has thrown another name into the hat.

The magazine said the “latest rumour” is that McLaren’s next title sponsor could be Gillette, the US multinational and producer of safety razors.

Previously, Gillette – the market leader in Brazil – sponsored former Formula 1 driver Bruno Senna at Williams and Lotus.