Williams secures sponsorship from Polish oil company

  • 29 Nov 2018 10:25
  • comments 8
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Williams has anonunced that PKN Orlen, a prominent Polish oil company, has joined as a sponsor in the wake of Robert Kubica's signing. The Grove squad anonunced last week that Kubica would join alongside George Russell in 2019, replacing Sergey Sirotkin.

The former BMW Sauber and Renault driver makes his comeback after a horrific rally crash in 2011 left him with life-threatening injuries. The PKN Orlen brand will feature on Williams' car next year, as well as on the racing overalls and team gear.

"Cooperation between PKN Orlen and Williams starts a new era for motorsports in Poland, as well as building the global reach of our brand,” said PKN Orlen CEO and President Daniel Obajtel.

“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.

“Involvement in Formula 1 racing is one of the most effective ways to promote our brand through sports sponsorship, and we are delighted to be entering the sport with Williams.

“With the team having just announced Robert Kubica as a race driver for 2019, the only Pole to have participated in Formula 1, we want to accompany him on his journey back to the top.”

Williams announced early on in 2018 that this season would be its last in partnership with Martini, who has been its title sponsr since 2014. PKN Orlen's brand will feature on the rear wing, nose, intake system and both mirrors of Williams' 2019 challenger.

Deputy team principal at Williams, Claire Williams added: "We are pleased to announce that PKN Oreln will partner 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.”

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  • Olfacius

    Posts: 23

    Ok. So that explains it then... RK came with significant backing.

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    • Nov 29 2018 - 12:01
    • That wasn't a secret. Kubica had a financial package of ca. 15 million Euros backing him by this company (as the former director of his previous sponsor Lotos moved to PKN Orlen) and part of the deal was that Orlen would step in to fill in the gap left by departing sponsors Martini and SMP.

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      • Nov 29 2018 - 12:21
    • Niids

      Posts: 31

      Nothing new, SIR and KUB offered same deals as in last year. Perhaps -1,2 sec. gap from Barcelona tests between KUB and fastest time of Williams drivers in Spain GP weekend was a real thing.

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      • Nov 29 2018 - 12:28
    • You dont decide about which driver you take just because of 1,2 gap from tests. Sirotkin could do better but of course it wasn't easy to show anything better in this car. Kubica was bringing positive feedback on tests and he will be bringing much more feedback from race tracks to solve their problems than Sirotkin. However the Pole is still being a big question mark - time will tell.

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      • Nov 29 2018 - 14:02
    • Niids

      Posts: 31

      Of course, we don't know real value of this 1,2 s (thats why i wrote "perhaps") but for sure Williams know it. And I think i can safely assume SIR and STR were on theirs limits during Spain GP Q1/race.

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      • Nov 29 2018 - 14:36
    • The track has got a lot rubber after the race, thats why while testing they could go faster on fresh rubber.

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      • Nov 29 2018 - 15:58
  • Despicable, but I don't care because Robert is getting a chance. But it does bother me that they were primarily interested in Robert's money, not talent. But... suddenly Williams seems to have a much stronger pairing for next season.

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    • Nov 29 2018 - 21:02
    • This, but for the this move just proves how Williams the team are dirt right now, and no good driver belong there.

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      • Nov 30 2018 - 09:22

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