Renault secures new Russian partner
|By Pablo Elizalde||Tuesday, September 21st 2010, 13:12 GMT|
Renault has announced that Russian company Vyborg Shipyard JSC has become a team partner for the final five races of the 2010 season.
The deal marks the second partnership with a Russian company in 2010 for Renault, following the agreement with Lada.
"Both companies have been attracted to the team by Vitaly Petrov's promising debut season as Russia's first ever F1 driver," said the team in a statement.
Vyborg Shipyard JSC, one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the North-Western region of Russia, will have its logos featured on the chassis of both cars for the remainder of the 2010 season.
Petrov, a native of Vyborg, will also carry the logo on his overalls.
The deal comes amid speculation about the future of the Russian driver in the team, with Kimi Raikkonen having contacted Renault over the possibility of a return to F1 next year.