FEBRUARY 6, 2001
Toyota and Exxon Mobil
There have been whispers in recent months that Mobil was not planning to increase its sponsorship and McLaren is undoubtedly looking for a better deal as the team is performing a great deal better than it did when the original Mobil deal was agreed in 1995. As the costs of the F1 program are offset by original supply deals it is possible that McLaren has been able to find a better deal elsewhere and could announce that deal tomorrow in Jerez.
Toyota will no doubt have offered Mobil an incentive with an original supply deal as the deal makes little sense in the short term.
The other possibility is that Toyota will carry Esso branding and that McLaren will continue with Mobil - or vice versa.