Renault has announced a new partnership with BP and Castrol to become its new fuel and lubricant supplier ahead of the 2017 Formula 1 season.
Renault had worked with French supplier Total in recent years as part of its engine supply to customer teams Red Bull and Lotus.
Lotus was taken over by Renault at the end of 2015 to become a factory operation once again, with the switch to BP and Castrol, the oil company’s lubricant brand, being part of an extensive rebuild currently underway at Enstone.
“The return of BP and Castrol, brands with such strong heritage in motorsport, is very good news and opens new opportunities for our Formula 1 team,” Renault Sport Racing president Jerome Stoll said.
“BP’s commitment highlights 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 caliber.”
“With the new aerodynamic regulations for the 2017 Formula 1 season, power sensitivity will increase,” Renault Sport managing director Cyril Abiteboul added.
“Therefore fuels and lubricants will make an even greater difference to the overall performance of the car than they have since the new power unit regulations have been introduced in 2014.
“The teams at BP and Castrol are very excited by the challenges offered by Formula 1 and we are confident they will help us achieve our ambitions for our new car in 2017 and beyond.”
McLaren is also expected to make the switch to BP and Castrol for 2017 following the end of its long-term partnership with ExxonMobil, with the brand jumping ship to Red Bull.