By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
Renault announced that it will be switching fuel suppliers to BP/Castrol for the 2017 Formula 1 season.
The French outfit had been involved with Total, but upon weighing options with its involvement decided a move was necessary.
Jerome Stoll, president of Renault Sport Racing, is “proud” to help return the tradition of the fuel and lubricants company to the sport of F1.
“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. 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,” said Stoll.
Cyril Abiteboul, managing director of Renault Sport Racing, believes the switch will help the “overall performance” with the additions of the new technical regulations.
“With the new aerodynamic regulations for the 2017 Formula 1 season, power sensitivity will increase. 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,” said Abiteboul.
“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.”