JYVASKYLA, FINLAND - AUGUST 02: Daniel Sordo of Spain and Marc Marti of Spain compete in their Citroen C4 Total during Leg 3 of the WRC Neste Oil Rally of Finland on August 02 , 2009 in Jyvaskyla, Finland (Photo by Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images)

Red Bull GRC: TOTAL Quartz named as a new series partner

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Red Bull Global Rallycross adds TOTAL Quartz as its new Official Lubricant Partner in 2018. Total and Red Bull have partnered before in FIA World Rally Championship competition (see above). See below for more on this Red Bull GRC partnership.

Red Bull Global Rallycross and Total Specialties USA, Inc., Total S.A.’s US marketing affiliate, have announced a multi-year agreement that will see Total become the Official Lubricant Partner of Red Bull GRC. Through its TOTAL Quartz brand, Total will leverage Red Bull GRC’s nationwide live events, broadcasts, and digital and social content platforms to grow its footprint in North America.

“Across the globe, the TOTAL Quartz brand is known for excellence in its oil and lubricants, and excellence in motorsport,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “We are beyond excited to reveal a multi-year partnership with Total as the Official Lubricant Partner of Red Bull Global Rallycross, and we look forward to writing the next chapter in its incredible racing heritage.”

Total has a long and storied motorsports history, including partnerships in Formula 1, 24 Hours of Le Mans, World Rally Championship, and Dakar Rally, among others. Legendary drivers from Sebastien Loeb to Sebastian Vettel have campaigned the brand’s iconic redand-white colors to countless race wins and world championships.

“This is a significant time for Total as we embark on our sponsorship as the Official Lubricant Partner of Red Bull Global Rallycross. We are very pleased to partner with such a strong and influential brand as Red Bull GRC, and we look forward to growing the relationship in years to come,” commented Christophe Doussoux, Senior Vice President, Lubricants for Total Specialties USA, Inc.

F1 2017 driver review: Kevin Magnussen

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Kevin Magnussen

Team: Haas
Car No.: 20
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: P7 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 19
Championship Position: 14th

Kevin Magnussen’s move to Haas proved to be a win-win situation for both parties through 2017 as they banished the struggles of the previous Formula 1 season.

For Magnussen, the move came after a difficult one-season stint with Renault who despite offering him a way back into F1 after a year on the sidelines were unable to produce a car allowing the Dane to fight far up the order.

Haas had not expected to be able to be that much further ahead, but Magnussen nevertheless immediately offered an uplift in performance after replacing Esteban Gutierrez, who failed to score a single point through 2016.

Magnussen picked up Haas’ first points of the season with a solid drive in China, and was able to capitalize on the bonkers Baku race to take P7, which would ultimately be his best result of the season.

Consistency was a real issue for Haas throughout the year as it continued to have teething problems most new teams encounter, and while Magnussen was more able to drive around the problems than teammate Romain Grosjean, he lacked the ultimate pace of his teammate.

That said, Magnussen’s season highlight came in Mexico, a track Haas expected to be its worst of the season. The ex-McLaren driver qualified on the last row but produced a stunning display to finish eighth, soaking up pressure from Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton late on.

The signs are positive moving forward. Next year should be Haas’ best yet thanks to the stability in the regulations, presenting a good opportunity for Magnussen to prove his star quality.

Season High: Taking P8 in Mexico when Haas expected to be slowest.

Season Low: Lagging home P15 at Spa as Grosjean hit the points.