Martin GÃ¤nsler, VP of PUMAÂ® AG and the Minardi F1 Team today announced that they have signed a two-year contract. Puma will be the Official Supplier of the Footwear for the entire crew, including the fireproof shoes for the refuelling team and...
Martin Gänsler, VP of PUMA® AG and the Minardi F1 Team today announced that they have signed a two-year contract. Puma will be the Official Supplier of the Footwear for the entire crew, including the fireproof shoes for the refuelling team and the two drivers, Jos Verstappen and Justin Wilson. In addition, the PUMA logo will be featured on the fireproof racewear of the pit crew and drivers, as well as on the headrests of the Minardi race cars and Minardi Two-seaters.
"As an underdog team that often exceeds expectations, Minardi has won the sympathy of many," said Martin Gänsler, Vice Chairman PUMA AG. "we do understand that under the current difficult general economic situation, keeping a racing team going in a high profile and global sport as Formula One is not an easy task."
"Giancarlo Minardi has always put a lot of passion into his team and this continues with Paul Stoddart, a passionate racer himself. It is amazing what the Minardi Team achieved in 2002, despite a limited budget that prevented the team from showing their full potential. I personally like the atmosphere in the team very much and wish them all the best to hopefully manage a similar result like 2002, at the Formula One season-opener in Melbourne, Australia, on March 9th."
"Minardi is very happy and proud to have Puma as its new racewear partner," confirmed Paul Stoddart, Team Principal of the Minardi F1 team. "Having worn the company's excellent shoes for many years, we can attest to the quality and comfort of Puma products. We can also be certain that this new range of fireproof clothing and footwear, which will be used by Minardi drivers and crew, will stand up to the demanding environment of Formula One, as PUMA is a company that understands motorsport. We look forward to what I'm sure is going to be a mutually beneficial relationship."