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F1 | Toto Wolff on Mercedes' partnership renewal with Petronas: "We like to depend on each other"

Toto Wolff and Datuk Tengku Muhammad Taufik (Petronas CEO) speak about the value of the relationship that Mercedes AMG has had with Petronas and how important it will still be moving forward.

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F1 | Toto Wolff on Mercedes' partnership renewal with Petronas: "We like to depend on each other"
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Today, the partnership renewal from 2026 on beteween Petronas and Mercedes AMG has been announced.

Datuk Tengku Muhammad Taufik, PETRONAS President and Group CEO talked about how the relationship with Mercedes has been: “The numbers you have shared with 115 victories and eight World Titles are incredible and most importantly as you said, more to come.”

Proud of having been a part of this successful relationship, Taufik also spoke about the future of sustainable fuels not only in Formula 1, but outside as well: “It is indeed a challenge for PETRONAS to behave more sustainably and we can’t think of a better partner to work with other than Mercedes-AMG F1. Ultimately of course, as we respond to the regulations there is the ultimate ambition to have PETRONAS develop sustainable solutions across consumers and road vehicles.”

Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team expressed his pride for having been partners for so long while speaking about how the two companies are already working on developing the fuel and the power unit for 2026 and on: “It’s something we are definitely proud of because our partnership has gone from strength to strength. I think we know what the regulations are going to be and they are going to go at least until 2030 and the work has already started. We are literally ten minutes before 2026, the fuels and oils are being developed with the future power unit and as I said that has already started and therefore we are going to do these development steps together. PETRONAS’s technology is an integral part of the Mercedes power unit and the other way around.”

Taufik expressed his excitement as well as stating both companies are working towards complying with the FIA regulations and making the best out of it:

“This is no normal sponsorship or partnership, this is really a joint response to the FIA’s 2026 regulations. As Toto has mentioned, we have already started working on it. I am very, very much excited, some might think it is a daunting challenge indeed but responding with a sustainable solution for the performance requirements of Formula One is the kind of hurdle that we face head-on as we respond for clean energy.”

The Mercedes AMG Team principal stressed the importance of the relationship and assured that due to their loyalty and shared values, they never hesitated on renewing the partnership with Petronas: “20 years - that’s a proper relationship and that can only be done if the partners share some values. It is very much around integrity and loyalty to each other. We like to depend on each other. We have been successful so far and we will be in the future. We don’t take it for granted, neither do we have any sense of entitlement but it’s become natural. Green is our racing colour and that is not only for the Formula One team but it is in the wider Mercedes-AMG family. When we started discussing whether we would extend it for another almost ten years, eight years, we knew the responsibility towards both brands and so we did it. Eyes wide open, committing to each other again with being so successful from the 2014 regulations  onwards and we know how tough it will be against our competitors but we can do it. Together."

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