Car insurance company Allianz, a long-time Formula 1 sponsor, will become a partner of the Mercedes GP team this year. In addition to Allianz branding appearing on the Mercedes W02's HANS systems and seatbelts, the two companies will work together on a global road safety program.
Team boss Ross Brawn said: "We are delighted to welcome our new partner Allianz to the Mercedes GP Petronas Formula 1 team as we begin our preseason testing program. Allianz have been involved with Formula 1 for a number of years and have achieved excellent work in raising the profile of road safety through their marketing campaigns. Safety is absolutely fundamental in our sport and with every innovation that improves safety in Formula 1, there is the possibility of increasing road safety for drivers everywhere."
The new Mercedes was formally launched at Valencia this morning.