No more speculation. Orlen officially confirmed the establishment of a collaboration with Alpha Tauri, thus ending the three-year partnership with Alfa Romeo. The fuel giant is staying in Formula 1, to which Robert Kubica is definitely saying goodbye.
PRESS MATERIALS / ORLIN TEAM / Pictured: Daniel Opajtec (left) and Robert Kubica (right)
This is official news – Orlin has completed a three-year cooperation with Alfa Romeo, which secured him the title partner of the team from Hinwell, and Robert Kubica on the reserve spot in the Swiss national team. However, the Polish fuel giant is still in the Formula 1 world because as I said beforsigned a contract with Alpha Tauri.
Orlen with Alpha Tauri
Alpha Tauri is a team belonging to Red Bull Racing, with the personality of a sister team responsible for training drivers for the parent company. In the 2023 season, his full-time drivers will be Nyck de Vries and Yuki Tsunoda.
The sponsorship agreement supplies Orlen with logo displays on the front of the vehicle, rear spoiler, reflectors, Halo system rims, mirrors, overalls and clothing for drivers and mechanics. In addition, Alpha Tauri drivers will take part in advertising campaigns carried out by PKN Orlen.
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The new agreement also provides for title sponsorship for Scuderia Alpha Tauri Esports.
Polish fans will see the Orlen logos on the Alpha Tauri car for the first time during a presentation scheduled for February 11, 2023. Less than two weeks later, F1 winter testing will begin in Bahrain. The first race of the new season is scheduled for March 5.
Termination of cooperation with Alfa Romeo
Orlen has been around in F1 since 2019. First, it became one of the main sponsors of Williams, which in turn enabled Kubica to return to regular racing in the queen of motorsports. After just one season, the Pole lost its place on the grid and moved with the company from Płock to Alfa Romeo. There, Orlen was promoted to title partner, while Kubica was a back-up to the Swiss team for three seasons.
The collaboration between Orlen and Alfa Romeo has brought a number of interesting initiatives. In 2020, the team was presented in Warsaw, after twelve months in the capital of Poland, the team’s new model from Hinwil was shown for the first time. In addition, as part of the promotions, the Alfa Romeo went on a tour around the country and can be seen at selected Orlen stops.
Alfa Romeo’s approval also meant that in 2010, to celebrate the centenary of the Battle of Warsaw, Robert Kubica and Bartomeg Marszak raced in the center of the capital. Kubica had a car for the Swiss team at his disposal, Marszałek used a motorboat with an F1H2O engine.
Łukasz Kuczera, WP SportoweFakty
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