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McLaren could lose petrol supplier and sponsor Petrobas

McLaren could lose petrol supplier and sponsor Petrobas

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McLaren could lose petrol supplier and sponsor Petrobas

McLaren could lose petrol supplier and sponsor Petrobas

McLaren could be set to lose petrol supplier and major sponsor Petrobas, with the Brazilian organisation looking to “terminate” their contract with the Formula 1 team at the behest of their government who own the majority share of the company.

Just last year, Petrobas signed a deal with McLaren worth £150 million over five years, but it is understood some of the funds went on research and development for the oil company.

The intention was announced on Twitter via the country’s president Jair Bolsonaro.

"In 2018, Petrobras signed an advertising contract of R$782 million with McLaren, valid for 5 years. At the moment, the company, by decision of my government, seeks a way to terminate the contract," he wrote.

Another Brazilian elected official, Osmar Terra, believes that the deal is just not worth the money for Petrobas.

"It does not make the slightest sense, it's an absurdity, it's not worth it having the little name on the helmet," Brazil’s minister of citizenship told Radar.

Should Petrobas try and terminate the contract, it is likely they would be heavily fined.

This is not the first time Bolsonaro has became involved in Formula 1 affairs, as he recently stated that the Brazilian Grand Prix would be moved from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro for 2020, but organisers at Interlagos have disputed the claim.

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