McLaren has made an impressive start to the season, currently sitting in third place of the Constructors’ Championship standings.
The Woking-based outfit’s early season performances would have certainly put a huge smile on their fans’ faces. However, it looks like some more good news is in store.
Yesterday, McLaren’s official Twitter account teased fans about a new sponsorship deal with the ‘Gulf Oil’ brand. Additionally, a number of pictures of the McLaren MCL-35, along with Lando Norris and the team’s CEO Zak Brown, were shared on social media.
Despite not making the official announcement just yet, Gulf-Oil is set to replace Petrobras as the team’s new sponsors and fuel supplier.
More than a totally brand new sponsorship, it will be more of a reunion between the two. Way back in the 1960s, Gulf Oil was McLaren’s sponsor in not only the Formula One championship but also in the now-defunct Can-Am series.
The iconic fuel brand is also very famous in the world of Endurance Racing. In 1968, Gulf-Oil brought a Ford GT40 and competed in the 24 hours of Le Mans, winning the premier endurance racing event for two years in a row.
In Formula One, Gulf-Oil had joined hands with McLaren for 5 seasons, beginning from 1968 to 1973. The duo won a total of 7 races over the course of their six seasons together.
Gulf-Oil had also briefly sponsored the Brabham F1 team during the 1969 season.
The sponsorship deal will also give the Woking-based outfit some financial help, considering they were in need of some funds to ensure their long-term future in F1, before the start of the season.
Although that was sorted out, additional funds would certainly be a big bonus for them.
Despite not having announced any date for the big reveal, it seems likely that the Gulf-Oil logo will feature on the MCL-35, come the British Grand Prix.
Having made a strong start to the season, they’d hope to continue that form in the next set of triple-headers. They will have a big challenge on their hands, with the rise of Racing Point.
But can they pip the pink team for the unofficial title of ‘best of the rest?’
SOURCE- McLaren F1- Twitter