PETRONAS And Mercedes-AMG F1 Team Renew Partnership

Since 2010, Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team – a partnership between Malaysia’s national oil corporation and the Mercedes-AMG F1 Team – has continuously demonstrated world-class performance. In the space of nearly 13 seasons so far, the team has won 8 Constructors’ world championships and 115 Grand Prix victories – an achievement unmatched in F1.

The long-term partnership will continue into the future with the renewal of the Title and Technical Partnership between the team and PETRONAS from the 2026 season onwards. PETRONAS’ continued involvement in the team and Formula 1 from 2026 onwards will see it facing the sport’s most significant challenge yet with its ambition to race towards a more sustainable future.

PETRONAS and Syntium gained global prominence when their names appeared on the MGP W01 racing cars of the newly formed MERCEDES GP PETRONAS Formula 1 team (as it was known then) in 2010.

With a target of 50% electrification of the power unit and development of road-relevant 100% advanced sustainable fuels, new FIA rules will require innovative solutions to lead the way in the sport’s next era. Currently in line with the 2022 regulations, PETRONAS is supporting Mercedes and its customer teams with advanced sustainable E10 fuel, comprising 10% second-generation non-food based ethanol E10, which reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions overall.

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 W13 E Performance’ used for the 2022 season, with ‘W13’ representing the thirteenth car produced by the Mercedes-AMG works team since re-entering F1 in 2010.

Not only will this renewal power the partnership towards two decades of success at the pinnacle of motorsport, but it also signals a commitment to a more sustainable future – and the determination to excel in the exciting technical challenge presented by the 2026 power unit regulations.

“Today we are doing something a little bit unusual – announcing a partnership that will begin in 4 years’ time. This sends an important message: our team and PETRONAS are no longer just partners; we are family, and we will be one team for many more years to come,” said Toto Wolff, CEO and Team Principal, after the signing ceremony.

“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 domain, through both the power unit and PETRONAS Fluid Technology Solutions. We are excited to be racing into the future alongside PETRONAS, with the ambition to set the standard once again, in our on-track performance and by pioneering the transition of a global sports team to a net-zero future,” he said.

Ready to face new challenges in F1 together – Datuk Tengku Muhammad Taufik, PETRONAS President & Group CEO and Toto Wolff, CEO & Team Principal of the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team.

“What you are witnessing today bears testimony to the shared conviction of both PETRONAS and the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team: that the synergy and shared ambition of both parties will deliver a pathway to responsibly provide the sports and our customers with energy that is cleaner and more sustainable,” said Datuk Tengku Muhammad Taufik, PETRONAS President and Group CEO.

“Given the accumulated experience as a team over the last decade, and the technical capabilities and expertise sourced from our combined talents, PETRONAS looks forward to charting the next chapter with a focus on advanced sustainable fuel for Mercedes and its customer teams. Together with our partners, PETRONAS will keep pushing boundaries with our Fluid Technology Solutions through innovative offerings. At the heart of our efforts will be sustainability – as we all progress towards a lower-carbon future,” he added.

 “With our long-standing partnership and extensive experience in formulating the Fluid Technology Solutions for the team, PETRONAS is fully equipped with the capacity and capabilities to perfect the technology to produce and supply 100% advanced sustainable fuel for the next-generation power units,” said Datuk Sazali Hamzah, Executive Vice-President and CEO of PETRONAS Downstream.

Through this experience, PETRONAS develops class-leading fluids for consumers around the world, namely PETRONAS Primax fuel, PETRONAS Syntium engine oil and PETRONAS Tutela functional fluids.

“In that same vein, we are already on track with developing a greenfield biorefinery and co-processing at our facilities to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as a cleaner and more viable option for aircrafts in our effort to support the aviation industry needs,” added Datuk Sazali. “This is in line with Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) which is expected to come into mandatory effect by 2027 as well as FIA’s net zero by 2030 commitment – both of which will affect the logistics operations of F1 teams.

The planned biorefinery will also have operational flexibility to produce hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) for on-road vehicles, diesel-powered trains, and marine transportation as well as petrol range products which can be included and/or upgraded for on-road vehicles.

Beyond that, PETRONAS also offers a suite of cleaner energy solutions such as EV chargers and fluids, liquefied natural gas and solar as well as other renewable energy solutions as a concerted push to support its partners’ sustainability goals.

Commenting on the continuation of the partnership, Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team Commercial Director, Richard Sanders, said: “PETRONAS is an important part of our heritage and history, and we’re delighted that they will continue as our Title and Technical partner long into the future. The partnership with PETRONAS will now span two decades and we look forward to making this the most enduring and successful sponsorship in elite global sport.

Partnership with the successful Formula 1 team continues to give PETRONAS prominence globally. During the 2021 season, its name on the racing cars is seen by over 1.55 billion viewers on television channels around the world, up 4% from the 2020 season. Globally, the average audience per F1 race in 2021 was 70.3 million.

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