Emirates Airline to sponsor Mclaren
New title sponsor for 2006

(GMM) McLaren is expected to announce a new major sponsorship with Dubai's 'Emirates' airline for the 2006 season.

To plug the gap left by departed tobacco sponsor 'West', but before new title sponsor Vodafone joins next year, a 2006-only arrangement will probably be outlined at a press conference on Wednesday.

According to media sources, Emirates' deal - to be unveiled at the Hotel Schweizerhof in Berlin - is worth an estimated $20-25m to the Ron Dennis-led F1 squad.

The sponsorship might explain the prominent bright red on the wings of McLaren's new chrome livery, with the colour being a feature of Emirates' corporate logo.

Written: Wed, 08 Mar 2006 10:29:51

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