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Team Ineos to partner with Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes Formula 1 team

Joe Robinson
18 Dec 2019

Partnership will work towards furthering performance levels in both sports

Team Ineos have announced a partnership with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team for 2020, the team of six-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton.

The partnership will see the Ineos cycling team and America's Cup sailing team work closely with the leading Formula 1 outfit through the Mercedes-Benz Applied Science project to 'help drive performance levels even higher on the track, road and sea'.

The press release also states 'the partnership will see the teams work together to develop and implement innovations in areas such as engineering, human science, simulation and data analysis'.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas have been the dominant force in modern Formula 1 with six consecutive drivers' titles – five for Hamilton and one for the now-retired Nico Rosberg – and six consecutive constructors' titles.

The 2019 Formula 1 season finished in Abu Dhabi on the 1st December. Hamilton, having already secured his sixth title, won the race – his 11th win in 21 races over the season, with teammate Valtteri Bottas second in the championship despite only finishing fourth on the day.

Mercedes' recent pedigree is an ideal fit for cycling's most successful Grand Tour team of all time. Team Ineos – previously Team Sky – have won seven of the past eight Tour de France titles with a total of 10 Grand Tours victories this decade.

Team Ineos manager Dave Brailsford sees this new partnership as a chance to further distance themselves from the competition.

'At the very heart of these three great teams lies a shared passion for racing, for winning and creating great sporting moments,' said Brailsford.

'Our unrelenting determination to drive, sail and pedal faster and outwit the ever-improving competition will benefit hugely from this partnership. We can cross-pollinate our collective knowledge in science, technology, human performance and racing strategy to create even stronger winning environments.'

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff also commented on the partnership as a natural partnership.

'The technological demands of Formula 1 mean we are well-placed to support with advanced technical challenges in specific areas of sailing and cycling, with a particular focus on aerodynamics and the manufacturing capability around key components,' said Wolff.

'When [Ineos chairman] Sir Jim Ratcliffe approached us with the concept of bringing together the three organisations, all with proven track records of excellence and high ambitions for the future, we immediately saw the opportunity to grow and diversify our business – and to learn from some of the most successful teams in world sport.'

The partnership could also be seen as a form of one-upmanship on former Ineos team principal Rod Ellingworth.

Ellingworth departed Ineos in October to take up a role as team manager of the Bahrain-McLaren team that are now also co-sponsored by Formula 1 team McLaren Racing.