F1: Polish oil giant confirms sponsorship of Williams team


Polish oil company PKN Orlen will be a partner of Formula One Williams Martini Racing team and its logo will be present on the cars and uniforms.

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On November 22, Williams announced the return of the Polish driver Robert Kubica to the Formula One.

Before the announcement of Kubica’s return, Polish media reported that PKN Orlen was close to signing a sponsorship deal with the Williams team. On Thursday the partnership was officially announced.

“We are pleased to announce that PKN Orlen will partner with Williams Martini Racing for the 2019 season. Williams stands for technology, innovation and top-class engineering, and these synergies with PKN Orlen will help drive our partnership forward,” Claire Williams, the Deputy Team Principal, was quoted as saying in Williams statement.

“Cooperation between PKN Orlen and Williams Martini Racing starts a new era for motorsports in Poland, as well as building the global reach of our brand. It is worth remembering that Orlen Group has assets in five countries in Europe and North America today. Our products are available in over 90 countries around the world. This means that we are looking for global communication channels to establish an international position,” Daniel Obajtek, the CEO of PKN Orlen said.

Orlen reported that one of the elements of the sponsorship is placing the company logo “on Williams Martini Racing cars, including the rear spoiler… and both mirrors”.

“Moreover, the company logo will be placed on the chin of the drivers’ helmets, uniforms of drivers and mechanics, as well as casual wear of the team’s staff,” the company announced in its statement.

“We Poles are able to unify, to together experience sports. We are consistent in supporting our sportsmen,” said Orlen CEO Daniel Obajtek.

Driver Kubica said he will be representing Poland on the international stage. “I am very proud to announce PKN Orlen as a sponsor for Williams racing for the 2019 season,” he said.