McLaren is place to deliver the iconic Gulf Oil back to Formula 1 as a part of a new sponsorship deal.
Pictures of a McLaren showcar to a photoshoot in a Gulf-branded gas station started circulating on societal media on Thursday.
With Lando Norris and CEO Zak Brown taking center stage, the McLaren car was seen with the famed Gulf emblem on the motor pay – indicating that the group had concluded an arrangement with the organization and was coordinating promotional material.
The group’s previous sponsorship deal with gas and oil provider Petrobras was terminated at the end of this past year, along with the Woking-based outfit seems to have wasted little time in locating a replacement.
McLaren declined to comment about the essence of this photoshoot nor of any possible venture with Gulf.
But, the group posted a teaser picture on Twitter, that was later deleted, which featured the Gulf emblem from the shoot – albeit fuzzy out.
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Pulling a bargain with Gulf would indicate a renewal of a partnership which goes back into the roots of McLaren.
Back at the 1960therefore, Gulf Oil sponsored Bruce McLaren’s attempts in F1 and at the favorite Can-Am sportscar championship.
The Gulf emblem went on to become one of the very well known in motor racing. It featured greatly in the 1971 film Le Mans, together with Steve McQueen pushing for the Gulf team.
The organization went on to enjoy a lot of successes at Le Mans, and at the 1990therefore it revived a sponsorship partnership with both McLaren and the privately-owned race group operate by Ray Bellm.
The Gulf McLaren F1 GTR was dominant in sportscar racing in the moment, winning the 1996 BPR International Endurance Series and the GT Class at Le Mans at 1997.