Mercedes and Petronas renew title and technical partnership from 2026 onwards

Michelle Foster
A Mercedes logo outside their garage. Austin October 2021.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas logo emblazoned outside the team's garage. Austin October 2021.

Although Mercedes and Petronas had still had a few years to run in their partnership, they have announced a renewal from 2026 onwards.

Teaming up back in 2010, Mercedes have won seven Drivers’ Championships and eight Constructors’ titles with Petronas supplying the lubricants and oils for the race-winning cars.

It has been one of the most successful partnerships in F1 history, no team having ever won eight Constructors’ Championships in succession.

Although there are still three years to run on their current deal, the two parties have already made the call to extend the relationship.

“Today we are doing something a little bit unusual – announcing a partnership that will begin in four years’ time,” Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff announced from the iconic Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

“This sends an important message: our team and PETRONAS are no longer just partners, we are family, and we will be one team for many more years to come.

“From 2026, advanced sustainable fuel will be at the heart of F1 performance – and this gives us a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in this domain, through both the power unit and Petronas Fluid Technology Solutions.

“We are excited to be racing into the future alongside Petronas, with the ambition to set the standard once again, in our on-track performance and by pioneering the transition of a global sports team to a net-zero future.”

Not only will this renewal power the partnership towards two decades of success at the pinnacle of motorsport, but it also signals a commitment to a more sustainable future

While Petronas currently support Mercedes and its customer teams with advanced sustainable E10 fuel, comprising 10% second-generation non-food based ethanol E10 as of 2026 Formula 1 is taking another step towards sustainability.

With a target of 50 per cent electrification of the power unit and development of 100 per cent advanced sustainable fuels, the new rules will require innovative solutions to lead the way in the sport’s next era.

Datuk Sazali Hamzah, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Petronas Downstream said: ”

With our longstanding partnership and extensive experience in formulating the Fluid Technology Solutions for the team, Petronas is fully equipped with the capacity and capabilities to perfect the technology to produce and supply 100% advanced sustainable fuel for the next-generation power units.”

Mercedes are currently third in the Constructors’ Championship.