Renault has announced a second Russian sponsor has joined their roster
The logo of Vyborg Shipyard JSC will appear on the R30 for the rest of the season.
The team acknowledged the presence of Vitaly Petrov, Russia’s first F1 driver, helped land the deal:
This marks the team’s second partnership with a Russian company in 2010, following the agreement with Lada, whose logos have featured on the team’s cars throughout the season. Both companies have been attracted to the team by Vitaly Petrov’s promising debut season as Russia’s first ever F1 driver.
Vitaly has registered four points-scoring finishes so far in 2010, including a best finish of fifth at the Hungarian Grand Prix – the strongest result for a rookie driver this year
Renault has added a string of sponsors this year including Lada, Trina Solar, EFG International, RCI Banque, Mov’it, HP and Snoras. Petrov does not have a deal with the team for 2011.
It’s a far cry from their situation ahead of last year’s Singapore Grand Prix when ING and Mutua Madrilena ended their sponsorship of the team early following the revelations over race-fixing at the event in 2008.