McLaren has announced that Coca-Cola has joined the team as a sponsor for the remainder of the 2018 season. It will mark the first time a Coca-Cola logo has been on an F1 car, however the company has used some of its products previously in the sport.
In 2012 and 2013, Lotus ran Burn logos on its car, with the energy drink distributed by Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola, and offshoots Dasani Sparkling and SmartWater, will appear on the MCL33 in the US, Brazil and Abu Dhabi. The logo will also feature on the driver's overalls.
"Coca-Cola has a rich history of sponsorship and a record of innovative activations and we are honoured the company has chosen to partner with McLaren to explore opportunities in Formula 1,” said McLaren CEO Zak Brown.
“Formula 1 as a sport is changing, as are we as a team, and we’re looking forward to introducing Coca-Cola to the potential that our team and fantastic, global sport represents.”
Ricardo Fort, Vice President, Sports Partnerships, Coca-Cola added: "We are looking forward to this activation with McLaren, both our companies are innovators, and we are both looking to further connect with youth. This partnership will guide us to what our customers, markets and consumers are craving from this high octane passion."