Williams has signed a multi-year deal with Brazilian energy company Petrobras, renewing a partnership that lasted from 1998 until the end of 2008.
“Petrobras and Williams have had a successful partnership before and we are both looking forward to reuniting for 2014,” said Team Principal Sir Frank Williams. “Technologically they are very strong and that will be important for the team as the new regulations have made fuel efficiency increasingly important. They are also a very ambitious global company and we are looking forward to working together to further their marketing goals.”
Petrobras’ logo will feature on the side of the Williams Mercedes FW36 chassis and across the team environment and apparel.
The new agreement will see Williams and Petrobras collaborate to develop a new specialist motorsport fuel for use by the team starting in the 2015 season.
The announcement follows yesterday’s news that Swiss watch manufacturer Oris will continue to sponsor the team in 2014.
Williams are also heavily rumoured to be on the verge of adding Martini as a title sponsor. The team ran an all-blue livery at the opening test in Jerez but there have been suggestions that the team’s Martini-flavoured colour scheme will be unveiled this week in Bahrain.