McLaren-Honda has signed a new deal with American oil company BP, after its long-time partner ExxonMobil left to join rival Red Bull Racing.
As part of the arrangement, logos of BP and/or its British brand Castrol will appear on McLaren MCL32 and team overalls.
Jonathan Neale, chief operating officer, McLaren Technology Group, said: “This agreement between McLaren, BP and Castrol is between brands who both share a long-standing and well-recognised passion for innovation in all we do. Our McLaren-Honda team provides a global platform for Castrol to supply bespoke advanced lubricant technology."
The importance of fuel and oil lubricants has risen in Formula 1 under the new hybrid era, which restricts various limits on fuel flow and total fuel use.
Mercedes have harnessed its partnership with Petronas to win three back-to-back titles, while Ferrari has likewise made major gains with Shell.
McLaren, too, was working closely with ExxonMobil before the American brand decided to jump ship, primarily because of the Woking-based team’s poor showing during the last few races.
BP, which returns to F1 this year, will also supply fuel to Renault.
by Rachit Thukral