McLaren gets its first Carlos Slim sponsor


14 May 2013 by TF1T Staff

Much has been said about the arrival of Sergio Perez at McLaren. The young Mexican impressed during his time at Sauber, prompting a move to McLaren to replace the outgoing Lewis Hamilton.

Some claim the move was the fruit of his talent, others claim it provided a link financial between McLaren and billionaire Carlos Slim - who has backed Perez as he tried to break into Formula One and during his time with Sauber through various team sponsors.

Whilst it's likely a mix of both, the McLaren MP4-28 didn't include a single Mexican sponsor when it was revealed at the start of the year. That changed in Spain, when it received backing from Claro - a Mexican telecom company owned by Slim. It also sponsors Sauber.

The branding could be seen on the rear-wing and is set to stay in place for several races.

It's also reported that more Slim-owned sponsors will join the team next season, prompting speculation that one of the 73-year-old's companies will take over Vodafone's title sponsorship. However that is yet to be confirmed, with some reporting that GlaxoSmithKline is a more likely replacement.