Mercedes extends partnership with fuel supplier Petronas

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Mercedes and Petronas have confirmed that their partnership has been extended in a “long-term” deal that will see the Malaysian company remain as fuel supplier and title sponsor for the foreseeable future.

Since returning to the sport in 2010 after 55 years away, Mercedes has worked alongside Petronas and enjoyed some great success. In 2014, the team is on course to win both championships, having led every lap of the season so far thanks to the pace of the W05 hybrid car.

Petronas has played a big role in this, and in a press conference today, Mercedes chairman Dieter Zetsche and F1 team boss Toto Wolff were delighted to confirm the extension of their contract.

“Ever since 2010, our relationship with Petronas has been founded on the values of true partnership: trust, honesty and shared ambition,” Wolff explained. “In that time, Petronas has become the most prominent energy company in Formula 1 and we have worked as one to develop a world-class partnership in Fluid Technology Solutions that has delivered a measurable on-track advantage in 2014.The result is a partnership that has delivered on every level.

“It is therefore a proud moment to further extend this agreement and build towards a decade of partnership between Mercedes-Benz and Petronas.”

Zetsche echoed Wolff’s sentiments, saying: “The success of our team this season is the result of hard work and an outstanding partnership with Petronas. We share a passion for innovation, the commitment to excellence and, above all, the will to win.

“We are stronger together – and that’s how it will stay.”

As a result of the new regulations, a fuel war appears to be brewing in Formula 1 between Petronas, Shell (Ferrari’s supplier), Mobil 1 (McLaren) and Total (Red Bull), making partnerships such as this one more important than ever.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)