McLaren confirms BP Castrol as new technical partner for 2017 F1 season

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McLaren has confirmed that BP Castrol will be its official fuel and lubricant supplier from the 2017 Formula 1 season, taking over from ExxonMobil.

McLaren’s long-running partnership with ExxonMobil came to an end in 2016, with the American company jumping ship to supply Red Bull with its fuel and lubricants.

BP confirmed it would be returning to F1 for 2017 last month when it signed an agreement with Renault, and has now also joined forces with McLaren for the forthcoming season.

“McLaren is pleased to confirm it has joined forces with BP and Castrol for the provision of Formula 1 fuels and lubricant technology as well as the supply of products for McLaren Automotive, the renowned British manufacturer of luxury sports and supercars,” a statement from McLaren reads.

“BP is already working with McLaren Applied Technologies, the fast-growing technology arm of the McLaren Technology Group that works to improve lives and solve crucial business performance challenges.

“In the fierce proving ground of Formula 1, BP is supplying a range of performance lubricants for Honda’s Internal Combustion Engine (ICE). The team will also benefit from Castrol’s high-performance lubricants and greases that will be used in the team’s Mazak-powered machine shop and dynamic chassis rig.”

“This agreement between McLaren, BP and Castrol is between brands who both share a long-standing and well-recognised passion for innovation in all we do,” McLaren chief operating officer Jonathan Neale said.

“Our McLaren-Honda team provides a global platform for Castrol to supply bespoke advanced lubricant technology.”

McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt added: “The partnership between McLaren Automotive and Castrol is an important step in our journey to deliver the highest levels of performance and efficiency from the engines in our Sports and Super car ranges.

“Not only will the lubricants provided by Castrol play a wide-ranging role in delivering the efficiencies across our existing cars, but our future engine generations as well.”

McLaren will unveil its new F1 car, the MCL32, on February 24.