In their quest to improve and move up the grid, Renault confirmed they will use BP and Castrol fuel and lubricants for the 2017 Formula 1 season.
It is the first time in 20 years the pair have worked together since being partnered at Williams Renault in the 1997 season. It also ends their long-standing partnership with Total, that worked with them throughout 1977-1985, 2002-2010 and 2016, who leave the sport after also being dropped by Red Bull.
Jerome Stoll, President of Renault Sport Racing, said the team was honored to have a partnership with the brand.
“The return of BP and Castrol, brands with such strong heritage in motorsport, is very good news and opens new opportunities for our F1 team,” Stoll said. “We are very proud and motivated to have a technical partner and sponsor of this caliber.”
Cyril Abiteboul, the team’s managing director, believes the aspects of their products will be critical in extracting more out of their power unit in the coming season.
“With the new aerodynamic regulations for the 2017 F1 season, power sensitivity will increase,” he said. “Therefore fuels and lubricants will make an even greater difference to the overall performance of the car than they have since the new power unit regulations have been introduced in 2014.”
McLaren is also expected to confirm a deal with the fuel manufacturer, with a picture circulating on social media showing new driver Stoffel Vandoorne wearing a new piece of merchandise with the Castrol logo on it. This image appears to have been deleted from social media since.
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