McLaren signs fuel deal with Brazil's state-run Petrobras

McLaren signs fuel deal with Brazil's state-run Petrobras
FILE - McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain arrives for the first practice session for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China, Friday, April 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

SAO PAULO (AP) — The McLaren Formula One team and Brazil's state-run oil giant Petrobras have announced a technical partnership to develop fuel and lubricants.

Petrobras sponsored the Williams team until the end of 2016, but left the sport amid a series of massive graft scandals at home.

Spokesmen for the team and the company said at a news conference in Sao Paulo they hope to develop products to be used in the 2019 F1 season.

McLaren has a deal with BP's Castrol brand for fuel supply in the 2018 season, which starts on March 25 in Australia.

The team's current drivers are two-time world champion Fernando Alonso of Spain and Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne.

There are no Brazilian drivers currently in Formula 1 after Felipe Massa retired at the end of 2017.

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