Renault has announced that BP will be their fuel and lubricants partner in the new Formula 1 season and replace Total who was their previous supplier.
British Petroleum and their global brand Castrol will supply fuel and lubricants for Renault in second season with their own team after they used Total in 2016.
“The return od BP and Castrol, brands with such a strong heritage in motorsport is very good news that opens new opportunities for our F1 team,” said Renault Sport president Jerome Stoll.
“BP’s commitment underlines the ongoing appeal of Formula 1 to major multinational companies.”
“We are very proud and motivated to have a technical partner and sponsor of this calibre.”
Renault Sport Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul highlighted importance of power units despite the biggest changes being aerodynamic related.
“With the new aerodynamic rules for 2017. power sensitivity will rise,” said Abiteboul.
“Therefore, fuel and lubricants will make even bigger difference in the overall performance of the car than they have since the new power unit regulations have been introduced.”
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“People in the BP and Castrol are very excited about the challenges offered by Formula 1 and we are sure that will help us fulfill our ambitions for the new car for 2017.”
Red Bull had earlier announced that they will use ExxonMobil fuels and lubricants in 2017. while Toro Rosso hasn’t yet announced which will fuel and lubricants will use in their STR12. McLaren will also use BP/Castrol fuel and lubricants although they didn’t officialy confirmed the news.