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Petronas Unveiled As Mercedes Benz Top Sponsor

Mercedes Benz have unveiled Malaysian petroleum company, Petronas, as their title sponsor for the forthcoming season.

The company, which has previously sponsored Sauber and BMW in F1, was widely linked with a title deal with Lotus, however this was all changed with Mercedes’ press release about the deal yesterday morning.

Mercedes have taken over Brawn GP, and are looking for more title success with Nico Rosberg and an as yet unnamed second driver, suspected to be Michael Schumacher.

“Everyone at Mercedes GP is delighted to confirm out long-term agreement with Petronas,” said team principal Ross Brawn.

“Our plans for the new season are progressing well, as is the development of our 2010 challenger. We look forward to seeing the car run in the new Silver Arrows and Petronas livery at Valencia.”

Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug added: “Mercedes-Benz and Petronas will work together both on and off the track. Petronas’ home base in Kuala Lumpur is in a fast-growing region for the automotive industry, which makes this new partnership even more valuable.”

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