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.

Reviewing Danica Patrick’s highs and lows at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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So much of Danica Patrick’s fame can be traced to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It’s where she became a household name 13 years ago when she became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500 and emerged as a transcendent athlete.

It’s where everything started. This Sunday, it’s where everything will end, too.

In her last warmup before starting the final race of her career, Patrick had a bumpy final practice Friday on Carb Day. She was eighth fastest, but her Dallara-Chevrolet was in the garage most of the session because of an electrical problem in the engine. After returning during the final 10 minutes of the session, Patrick’s No. 13 seemed to be OK.

“At the end of the day, these are things you’re actually glad for, because if this had happened Sunday, we would have been done,” she said. “I’m glad to get the issues out of the way early on. Overall, today felt good. We made some changes when I went out the second time, and I’m feeling good about starting seventh on Sunday.”
Though she has had her share of success – along with a fourth in her debut, there was a third in 2009 and six top 10s in seven starts — Patrick has learned well how to handle frustration at the 2.5-mile track, too.

Fuel mileage might have kept her from winning her debut, a pit collision ruined 2008, and an unstable setup made 2010 a wild ride.

For a review of her up-and-down history at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and her legacy in racing, watch the video essay above that ran during Friday’s NASCAR America Motorsports Special on NBCSN.