Red Bull Racing and ExxonMobil renew partnership
ExxonMobil has announced that it has agreed to a multi-year extension of its collaboration with the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team, which will see ExxonMobil continue as the team’s official fuel, lubricant and technology partner. Under the renewed agreement, ExxonMobil will also provide engineering support to develop next-generation lubricants to improve race car engine and gearbox performance.
The announcement represents a multi-year extension of the current partnership and strengthens Mobil and Esso’s commitment to Formula 1, which began at the first ever F1 Silverstone race in May 1950.
Over the course of the relationship with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, which began at the start of the 2017 Formula 1 season, the oil company has continuously improved its Esso Synergy racing fuels and Mobil 1 lubricants in collaboration with Red Bull’s engine suppliers, resulting in enhanced lap times for the team and valuable lessons learned for ExxonMobil’s consumer products.
“Aston Martin Red Bull Racing is very pleased to be continuing its successful partnership with ExxonMobil for the upcoming 2020 Formula One season and beyond,” said Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. “Over the past three seasons the work conducted by ExxonMobil, in close collaboration with our engineers and the Team’s engine suppliers, has produced very positive results. Each new development of fuel and lubricants has added performance that has undoubtedly helped us charge towards our on-track goals and we look forward to seeing further gains through the extension of this partnership.”
“As one of the biggest, most recognisable names in global motorsport, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing has proven to be the ideal partner for Mobil 1 and Esso Synergy,” added ExxonMobil senior vice president of lubricants, Nigel Searle. “While on the track we have been able to deliver performance-enhancing technology to the team, at the same time we have worked closely with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing off the track to provide technology that is also road-relevant to the modern-day consumer.”
The renewal of the ExxonMobil and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing partnership extends Mobil and Esso’s 70-year involvement in Grand Prix racing. In 1981, ExxonMobil’s synthetic lubricant Mobil 1 first appeared in F1 and has since lubricated more than 130 Grand Prix-winning cars, has won six Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championships and five Formula 1 World Constructors’ Championships.