Williams signs partnership with Kubica-related sponsor PKN ORLEN

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Williams has announced a commercial deal with PKN ORLEN for the 2019 season, the Polish oil company supporting Robert Kubica's comeback efforts with the Grove-based outfit.

The oil refiner and petrol retailer - which publicly trades in Europe and is recognised as the most valuable brand in Poland - will enjoy a significant presence on Williams' FW42, with branding to appear on the car's rear wing, nose, intake system and both mirrors.

In addition, their logo will appear on the drivers’ helmets, driver and mechanics overalls and on team kit.

"We are pleased to announce that PKN ORLEN will partner Williams Martini Racing for the 2019 season," said Claire Williams.

"Williams stands for technology, innovation and top-class engineering, and these synergies with PKN ORLEN will help drive our partnership forward."

With reports from Poland claiming that PKN ORLEN has allocated a $25 million budget to its Williams sponsorship, there's no denying the importance of the deal for the team, but especially for Robert Kubica who would have likely missed out on the drive without the lavish support package.

"Cooperation between PKN ORLEN and Williams Martini Racing starts a new era for motorsports in Poland, as well as building the global reach of our brand," added PKN ORLEN CEO Daniel Obajtel.

"It is worth remembering that ORLEN Group has assets in five countries in Europe and North America today. Our products are available in over 90 countries around the world.

"This means that we are looking for global communication channels to establish an international position.

"Involvement in Formula One racing is one of the most effective ways to promote our brand through sports sponsorship, and we are delighted to be entering the sport with Williams.

"With the team having just announced Robert Kubica as a race driver for 2019, the only Pole to have participated in Formula One, we want to accompany him on his journey back to the top."

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