Alfa Romeo F1 Team Orlen has chosen Puma as its new official race gear supplier, which will provide the ‘full range’ of items worn by the team’s drivers, Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu.
As they prepare for the first race of the 2022 Formula One season in Bahrain, the sportswear brand will also provide a dedicated training range for the team, as well as innovation and technology in race gear offering ‘super-light’ fabrics with a customised fit for the athletes from overalls to boots.
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN, commented: “We welcome PUMA to the Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN family with open arms. Like our team, their brand has a long and proud history in sports and has become synonymous with quality and innovation.
“They are going to help us deliver performance, not just by enabling our drivers and crew to train and compete with the latest gear, tailored to their needs, but also by pushing their research and development efforts to provide ever better equipment.”
Furthermore, in addition to racewear tailored to the driver’s needs in the cockpit, Puma is also looking to push for the crew to operate at the highest level both on the track and whilst preparing for the race weekend in their provided training gear.
Puma will also provide the team with footwear, and it has been reported that its members will wear the brand’s sneakers trackside as part of their gear during tournament travels.
“There is great potential in the cockpit of the Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN and I can’t wait to see them on their chase for the podium,” added James Clark, Head of Sports Marketing Motorsport at PUMA.
The enterprise has also stated that it has a long-lasting legacy in motorsport, suggesting that the new announcement is ‘an exciting driver pairing’ in Formula One for 2022.
Clark concluded: “We are really looking forward to supporting Zhou Guanyu as the first Chinese Formula One driver. His participation is an important milestone to push the sport in his home country further. Moreover, it is a pleasure to continue working together with Valtteri Bottas, who has been part of the PUMA Family since 2017 already.”
Also for the upcoming season, Alfa Romeo F1 Team Orlen also partnered online and mobile wagering platform DRF Bets last month, which has now become an official sponsor.
This collaboration sees the DRF Bets logo featured on the team car, as the firm also gains ‘VIP access’ to all races and further branding opportunities within the sport.