What’s the best way to be seen? Be best friends with a star of course. There’s no bigger star than Mercedes in Formula One these days – the team has won the last three constructors’ championships after ending Red Bull’s dominance, and a driver from the team has took home the driver’s championship in the same hybrid era too.

Malaysia’s oil and gas company Petronas is the title sponsor of the team and the most prominent brand on the F1 W08 as well as Lewis Hamilton’s attire, but there have been rumours that Petronas would not be renewing the sponsorship deal and even of Mercedes quitting F1.

Those rumours have now been put to rest, as it has been revealed that Petronas has signed a multi-year extension to its title sponsorship of the F1 champions. This was revealed at the weekend of the British GP, which local favourite Hamilton won. Apparently, the deal was signed at the end of 2016 but was kept under wraps by both Mercedes and Petronas.

“There is a renewed vitality and a new level of energy in the sport this year. With new rules and regulations for this year, and many new things for the fans, the sport is increasing in terms of audience and that’s great. And for all of us at Petronas, we know that the technical contribution will be even more important this year because of the stiff competition from our rivals,” Petronas president and group CEO Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said.

Petronas has been partnering Mercedes since the German manufacturer returned to the sport in 2010, and it also contributes to the team’s success from a technical point of view. May the marriage live long and prosper.