Aston Martin has joined forces with Valvoline to showcase a unique British Grand Prix Formula 1 livery. Valvoline Global, a subsidiary of Aramco, has become the official long-term lubricant partner of the Silverstone-based team.
The distinctive red and blue V-shaped logo of Valvoline will adorn the engine cover, sidepod, and front wing of the AMR23 car driven by Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll at Silverstone. This branding collaboration will extend throughout 2023 until Aston Martin reverts to its standard livery.
Valvoline was acquired by Aramco, Aston Martin’s title partner and a prominent sponsor in the world of Formula 1, for a substantial $2.65 billion earlier this year. The partnership between Aston Martin and Valvoline is expected to yield advantages for the team’s transition to Honda engines starting in 2026, as stated by Aston Martin F1 team boss Mike Krack.
“We are thrilled to welcome Valvoline Global as our Official Lubricant Partner at the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team,” said Krack. “From this weekend’s British Grand Prix, Valvoline Global will supply race-proven lubricants for our AMR23 to enhance performance. This long-term collaboration will also benefit our upcoming works power unit partnership with Honda from 2026, with customized lubricants.”
Valvoline boasts a rich history in motorsports that dates back to the late 19th century. Its iconic red and blue color scheme has been a prominent feature in various American racing disciplines, including NASCAR, IndyCar, and drag racing. The company even had an unforgettable sponsorship deal with Al Unser Jr in the early 1990s during his time in IndyCar.
While Valvoline has sporadically appeared in Formula 1, including a brief stint with Lotus in the late 1970s and a role as the lubricant supplier for the short-lived Marussia F1 team, its collaboration with Aston Martin marks a significant return to the pinnacle of motorsport.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about F1 partnership
What is the partnership between Aston Martin and Valvoline?
Aston Martin has partnered with Valvoline, making Valvoline the official long-term lubricant partner of the Silverstone-based Formula 1 team.
Where will Valvoline’s logo be featured on the Aston Martin F1 car?
Valvoline’s red and blue V-shaped logo will appear on the engine cover, sidepod, and front wing of the AMR23 car driven by Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll.
Will the Valvoline branding continue in future seasons?
The Valvoline branding will be featured throughout 2023, after which Aston Martin will revert to its standard livery.
What is the significance of Aramco’s acquisition of Valvoline?
Aramco, Aston Martin’s title partner and a prominent F1 sponsor, acquired Valvoline for $2.65 billion. This acquisition strengthens the partnership between Aston Martin and Valvoline, creating potential benefits for the team’s switch to Honda engines from 2026 onwards.
What is Valvoline’s history in motorsports?
Valvoline has a long history in motorsports, dating back to the late 19th century. It has been actively involved in various racing disciplines, including NASCAR, IndyCar, and drag racing. Valvoline has also had sporadic appearances in Formula 1, with notable associations such as fueling Mario Andretti’s Lotus 79 to the 1978 world championship.
Who else does Valvoline partner with in motorsports?
Currently, Valvoline is partnered with the NASCAR Cup outfit Hendrick F1 Flows, which includes drivers Kyle Larson, Chase Elliot, William Byron, and Alex Bowman.