ScottR267 wrote: ↑
Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:36 am
Peter1919 wrote: ↑
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:20 pm
The exodus of sponsors appears to continue as JCB appear to have gone as they no longer feature on William's partners page https://www.williamsf1.com/racing/about/our-partners
So that is Martini, Randstad and JCB gone this winter. With only Orlen coming in to replace them and I don't believe that deal will even match the Martini money
With lower FIA prize money coming in due to finishing last and no Stroll or Sirotkin money either I can't see how Williams won't be really struggling financially this season.
Randstad left after the 2017 season with Williams. Nonetheless the sponsor has in fact rejoined f1 and has teamed up with Toro Rosso.
https://www.gpfans.com/nl/artikelen/112 ... s-partner/
It's pretty logical to be honest, Williams is showing ZERO performance, so that is negative for their sponsors in various ways; they are paired to a failing team, and they get almost zero exposure. Patience will run out eventually, and that's what happened to the sponsors. If we were to believe Paddy, then the good thing is that they're starting to wake up, but i'm gonna have to see it first to believe it. Perhaps they finally get to the point where they can start seeing that they themselves are to blame, instead of pointing elsewhere.
Toro Rosso brings much more exposure, and is guaranteed to be in a better position than Williams. Also, through RedBull (toro rosso's sponsor), is even much more of a logical combo. RedBull is a famous brand with much exposure and now, whenever you're gonna see the toro rosso, you're also gonna see randstad, which is going to be much more positive in the long term for brand connection. win-win for randstad.
as for other sponsors going to Mclaren, well, even though Mclaren were in a sad state the past years, and i think they're not going to bring wonders in 2019, they're still in a much better position than Williams.
As for Martini, i do wonder whether they will or will not return to F1. If i'm not mistaken, there was a new head appointed and iirc he had a different vision to it all so i believe that we won't be seeing them again. On the other hand, the reason they left was they didn't get 'return in investment' enough, obviously due to Williams lousy results.
Perhaps, if there's a team that can bring guaranteed positive results and thus brand exposure, we might see them return to sponsor an F1 team.
That said, apart from Orlen, are there any other sponsors in the pipeline?