Petronas unveiled Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 2011 locally

Published on February 10th, 2011

What’s better place for an unveiling of the Mercedes GP Petronas 2011 challenger if not right outside the Petronas Twin Tower, right? The unveiling was done following the worldwide unveiling in Valencia, Spain and was done by Petronas’ talent development programme drivers.

The event was officiated by our former Prime Minister YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad while being accompanied by Petronas President & CEO Datuk Shamsul Azhar Abbas and senior general manager, corporate service division of Petronas Mohammad Medan Abdullah. Also present during the event was Tun Siti Hasmah Ali.

Petronas also announced its partnership portfolio in its involvement of various motorsport categories both domestic and international. Included in the presentation was Petronas Formula Xperience (PFX), which Trafficmagonline had the opportunity to experience last year, Petronas Mofaz Racing and Team Meritus (competing in the Formula Pacific series) and the Petronas Syntium Team. Petronas will also be supporting and helping to develop local riders Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah (17) and Mohd Ramdan Rosli (15) as well as maintaining the MotoGP wildcard rider programme.

“Our motorsport involvement through the various teams at different levels is crucial in facilitating and generating commercial business return as well as international brand visibility. Meanwhile, our talent development initiatives are an equally important component in our motorsport portfolio. These initiatives represent Petronas’ contribution towards the development of young Malaysian talents, able to progress their racing careers from the local level to the international arena. We are realistic in that this is a process that takes time; therefore it is crucial to first establish a strong foundation from which these talents can first be nurtured,” said Mohammad Medan Abdullah.

Other 2011 Petronas portfolio include Yamaha Factory Racing Team, Petronas Syntium Moto Yamaha Malaysia Team, Petronas Syntium Moto Raceline and Petronas Syntium Moto AHM.

Petronas remains the title sponsor of the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix, Petronas FIM Asia Road Racing and Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix.

Watch this space for the unveiling video with Q&A session with Nick Fry (Mercedes GP Team CEO).

words: Syawal Ahmad  pix: Syafril Ismail  vid: Syawal Ahmad

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