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Mercedes has extended its title sponsorship and technical agreement with Petronas with a multi-year contract that takes the team into the next era of Formula 1 engine regulations.

The brand has been present on the F1 platform since 1994 as an engine manufacturer and currently supplies four teams. One of them is the Mercedes factory team, which has had Petronas as its main sponsor and fuel supplier since becoming a full manufacturer in 2010.

During this period, the team has won 115 races and been crowned world champions eight times, in addition to running the championship-winning driver seven times.

The announcement of an extended partnership with Petronas not only ensures the team will be on the grid until at least 2029, but is also encouraging news for the series, as another oil producer has publicly committed to the sustainability goals F1 wants its fuels to achieve in 2026 and beyond.

“Today we are doing something a bit unusual: announcing a partnership that will start in four years,” Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said.

“It sends an important message: our team and Petronas are no longer just partners, we are a family, and we will be one team for many years to come.

“From 2026, advanced sustainable fuel will be at the heart of F1 performance – and this gives us a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in this area, both through the power unit and Petronas Fluid Technology Solutions. We are excited to race into the future alongside Petronas, with the ambition to set the standard again, in our track performance and in pioneering the transition of a global sports team to a net zero future. .

The FIA’s target is “50% electrification” for power units and “100% advanced sustainable fuel” by 2026. F1 is currently working with Aramco on sustainably sourced fuel which can be introduced before that in Formula 2 and other junior series as a technique. testing ground.

Datuk Sazali Hamzah, Managing Director of Petronas Downstream, said, “With our long-standing partnership and extensive experience in formulating fluid technology solutions for the team, Petronas is fully equipped with the capability and capabilities to perfect the technology to produce and deliver 100% advanced sustainable fuel for next-generation powertrains.

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