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Mercedes F1 and Airtel to be seen as allies for the Indian Grand Prix

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In preparation for the 2012 Indian Grand prix, Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team has confirmed a race partnership with Bharti Airtel. This is not surprising as the Indian telecommunication provider was the sponsor of the inaugural race held at the Buddh international circuit last year.

The telecommunications company will look to use the influence of the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team to help better conditions for racing in India. Mercedes F1 Formula One driver’s Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg will also be a part of a commercial to promote racing and the involvement of Bharti Airtel.

The Mercedes AMG F1 W03 car will feature Airtel stickers on the headrest and air box. Branding will also been seen on race suits as also helmets worn by Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg. Innovative content and experiences have been planned by Bharti Airtel in preparation for the Indian Grand Prix 2012. During this time, it will use influences of the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One team to boost the affinity of motor sports within individuals in India.

Read the press release below for more information.

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MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS TEAMS UP WITH BHARTI AIRTEL FOR INDIAN GRAND PRIX

The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team is pleased to confirm a race partnership agreement with Bharti Airtel for the 2012 Airtel Indian Grand Prix. The leading integrated telecommunications company was title sponsor of the inaugural race at the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi in October 2011, and will continue the role this year.

Airtel branding will feature on the airbox and headrest of the Mercedes AMG F1 W03 car, and on the racesuits and helmets of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, for the duration of the 2012 Airtel Indian Grand Prix weekend.

Bharti Airtel will use the association with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS to further promote Formula One within India, with a host of innovative content and experiences planned both before and during the 2012 Airtel Indian Grand Prix. Michael and Nico will also feature in a television campaign in India to promote the race and Bharti Airtel’s involvement.

Ross Brawn, Team Principal of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team commented: “The 2011 Airtel Indian Grand Prix was a very successful new adventure for Formula One and we are delighted to now be partnering with Bharti Airtel, who have supported the sport in India from the outset. Taking our sport to new audiences is vital for our future and we are very much looking forward to working with Bharti Airtel in the run-up to this year’s race, in order to bring our fantastic sport closer to the Indian fans.”

Bharat Bambawale, Global Brand Director at Bharti Airtel said: “As title sponsors, we at Bharti Airtel are proud to have been an integral part of India’s first Formula One race last year. We are today delighted to enter a new lap of our brand’s Formula One journey with an exciting alliance with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team. In 2011, Bharti Airtel took the lead in bringing India’s Formula One dreams alive and became ‘Title Sponsor’ of the sport’s debut in the country. Bharti Airtel and MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS are associated with traits of speed, performance and fast-paced growth, thus making this partnership a perfect match between two like-minded brands. By building on the unique motorsport heritage and strong track record of Mercedes-Benz, we will strengthen Bharti Airtel’s youthful positioning and appeal to Formula One fans across India.”