After several weeks of rumors, the official announcement took place on Monday. McLaren and Petrobras, who had launched last year a technical and financial partnership that covered five seasons and 189 million euros, divorced. The decision was initiated by the President of the Republic of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who said last May want to end the agreement, Petrobras being a company owned mainly by the State, shareholder to 64%.
"We would like to thank Petrobras for their partnership and supportcommented Zak Brown, McLaren's CEO. We have a deep respect for their technical and scientific abilities, and there is no doubt that the company's technicians have made significant progress during the time we worked together. "
Immediate consequence of this divorce, the logos of the Brazilian tanker will disappear MCL34 from the next Grand Prix, in two weeks … in Brazil.