BREAKING: Petronas Responds to Rumors Surrounding Mecedes F1 Breakup

Published 10/18/2021, 8:29 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during qualifying REUTERS/Umit Bektas


Mercedes have had Petronas as their title sponsors for over a decade in Formula One. However, there were reports emerging that the Silver Arrows might end their partnership with the Malaysian oil company and could strike a deal with Aramco instead.

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But Petronas revealed that they had recently signed a new deal with the Brackley-based squad, hence crossing off the idea that Mercedes would take Aramco as their new title sponsor.

Petronas debunk the theory of them leaving as a title sponsor

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The name “Petronas” has made itself seen countless times over the years. They are often seen on the car or on the team gear. Hence, it was quite a surprise to see reports stating they would leave.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Umit Bektas

As quoted by Motorsport.Total, Petronas said, “Petronas and Mercedes have been partners in a long-term cooperation since 2010, which is beneficial for both sides.Last year we renewed our partnership for another multi-year cycle and we are proud to continue to work together to achieve excellence.” (Translated via Google Translate)

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Can Mercedes gift Petronas another title?

The Silver Arrows have been dominating the sport since 2014, picking up seven constructors’ and drivers’ championships on the trot. Hence, they would hope to be successful this season as well.

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Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during the race REUTERS/Murad Sezer

However, their fight with arch-rivals Red Bull has made things difficult. As it stands, Mercedes have a 36 point gap in the team’s standings, but the Raging Bulls would look to overcome that deficit.

The next race on the F1 calendar is the United States Grand Prix in Austin. Mercedes hopes to seize maximum points to further extend their lead, while the Christian Horner-led team hopes to catch them and claim the top spot in the championship.

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With the race in Austin just a few days away? What are your predictions for the much-awaited Grand Prix? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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