13 March 2014
Australian Grand Prix: Special livery as Mobil1, McLaren celebrate F1 ties
McLaren and Mobil will celebrate 20 years of working together in F1 with a special livery for this weekend's Australian GP.
The two McLaren F1 cars will run in a special livery at this weekend's Australian Grand Prix as the team celebrates the 20th anniversary of its relationship with ExxonMobil.
Both Mobil and Mobil 1 brands feature heavily on the two-tone silver and grey paint scheme, with the oil and lubricants giant adorning the darker flanks of the new MP4-29. McLaren has yet to reveal a replacement for departed title sponsor Vodafone, and may not do for some time, so the opening round of the 2014 season provided an ideal opportunity for the two technical partners to celebrate their long-standing relationship.
"To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mobil 1's relationship with McLaren, we are looking forward to showcasing a special branding scheme during the first race of the 2014 season," Artis Brown, global motorsports manager for Mobil1, confirmed, "There is a lot of energy entering this race. Not only are we celebrating our 20th anniversary with McLaren, but we will be welcoming Kevin Magnussen to the team. When you combine these elements with the introduction of the new V6 engine, this should be a very exciting weekend."
The relationship between McLaren and ExxonMobil began back in 1995, and acting McLaren CEO Jonathan Neale said it was right the partnership is recognised.
"We are privileged to have worked closely with ExxonMobil over a very successful 20 years and counting,” Neale said. “During 332 races together, we have achieved four world championships, 78 wins, 229 podium finishes and 76 pole positions, which is testament to our powerful technology partnership.
“Seeing the Mobil fuels branding alongside Mobil 1 on the MP-4 29 is a great recognition of the relationship's contribution to performance over our two decades together."
Together McLaren and Mobil have enjoyed a strong record in Melbourne, with six of the team's 11 Australian Grand Prix wins coming at the Albert Park track. Jenson Button, who remains as team leader in 2014, has won the race three times, twice with McLaren Mercedes, and a solid – if unspectacular – pre-season with the new car has the partnership hoping for further success this weekend.
"We are proud to celebrate our relationship with McLaren this weekend and we are looking forward to an exciting season," Brown concluded.
In addition to commemorating the 20-year relationship with McLaren, ExxonMobil is also recognising the return of Mobil fuels brand to 7-Eleven Australia's convenience stores in east coast metropolitan markets for the first time since the sale of ExxonMobil's retail assets in 2010.
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