Wihuri is a global Finnish industry and trade conglomerate engaged in packaging products, daily goods wholesale operations, technical trade investment products and aviation.

Since its creation over 110 years ago, Wihuri has grown from a small family business into a diversified global enterprise which operates in 30 countries, whilst still being owned by the same family. The Wihuri Group’s turnover is 1.9 billion euros and the Group employs over 5000 people.

The Wipak Group is part of Wihuri’s Packaging Division and develops and produces high-end packaging solutions for perishable food products as well as for medical instruments and devices.

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  • Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport agrees new partnership with the Wihuri Group.

    F1: Finnish industry and trade conglomerate becomes a Team Partner.

    New Team Partnership.

    Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport is pleased to announce a new Team Partnership agreement with global Finnish conglomerate, the Wihuri Group, effective immediately. The Wihuri Group, who have been involved in Formula One for a number of years and in motorsport sponsorship from the 1970s, specialise in four key areas including packaging, daily goods wholesale, technical trade and aviation. Based in Helsinki, Finland, the Group employs over 5000 people and operates in 30 countries. Wihuri has become an official Team Partner of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, with Wihuri branding featuring on the racesuits of the team’s drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, on the team’s trackside uniform and on the drivers’ helmets.

    At certain races, the Wipak logo, part of Wihuri’s packaging division, will be used on the drivers’ helmets instead.

    Valuable addition.

    Toto Wolff: “We are delighted to welcome Wihuri to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport family today. As a respected brand both in Finland and globally, Wihuri will be a valuable addition to our team and we look forward to working with them and helping to expand their Formula One experience. This year will be a new challenge for our team, with a new driver line-up, including our new Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas of course, and new regulations. I am sure it going to be a very exciting year to be involved with our team and the sport of Formula One.”

    Juha Hellgren, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wihuri Group: “We have been supporting Valtteri Bottas for several years now and it’s great to see him get the chance to show what he can do at Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. He has a real chance to compete for the Formula One World Championship and I am confident that our partnership with the Mercedes team will be a success story for both sides. We are really looking forward to the success of both Valtteri and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in 2017.”

    Finnish industry and trade conglomerate.

    Wihuri is a global Finnish industry and trade conglomerate engaged in packaging products, daily goods wholesale operations, technical trade investment products and aviation. Since its creation over 110 years ago, Wihuri has grown from a small family business into a diversified global enterprise which operates in 30 countries, whilst still being owned by the same family. The Wihuri Group’s turnover is 1.9 billion euros and the Group employs over 5000 people. The Wipak Group is part of Wihuri’s Packaging Division and develops and produces high-end packaging solutions for perishable food products as well as for medical instruments and devices.

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    Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport is pleased to announce a new Team Partnership agreement with global Finnish conglomerate, the Wihuri Group, effective immediately.

    The Wihuri Group, who have been involved in Formula One for a number of years and in motorsport sponsorship from the 1970s, specialise in four key areas including packaging, daily goods wholesale, technical trade and aviation. Based in Helsinki, Finland, the Group employs over 5000 people and operates in 30 countries.

    Wihuri has become an official Team Partner of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, with Wihuri branding featuring on the racesuits of the team’s drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, on the team’s trackside uniform and on the drivers’ helmets. At certain races, the Wipak logo, part of Wihuri’s packaging division, will be used on the drivers’ helmets instead.

    Toto Wolff

    “We are delighted to welcome Wihuri to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport family today. As a respected brand both in Finland and globally, Wihuri will be a valuable addition to our team and we look forward to working with them and helping to expand their Formula One experience. This year will be a new challenge for our team, with a new driver line-up, including our new Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas of course, and new regulations. I am sure it going to be a very exciting year to be involved with our team and the sport of Formula One.”

    Juha Hellgren, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wihuri Group

    “We have been supporting Valtteri Bottas for several years now and it’s great to see him get the chance to show what he can do at Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. He has a real chance to compete for the Formula One World Championship and I am confident that our partnership with the Mercedes team will be a success story for both sides. We are really looking forward to the success of both Valtteri and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in 2017.”

    MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS: George Russell.

    George Russell joins MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Motorsport Junior Driver Programme.

    Rising British star becomes the latest talent selected by the Silver Arrows for racing support.

    Breakthrough year.

    2016 proved a breakthrough year for the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Motorsport Junior Programme. Pascal Wehrlein shone in his first Formula One season with Manor Racing, posting a string of impressive qualifying performances to reach Q2 five times – in addition to clinching only the second ever points scoring finish for the team at the Austrian Grand Prix. Esteban Ocon joined Pascal at Manor from the Belgian Grand Prix through the remainder of the year – showing his class to adapt quickly from his first experience of tin-top racing in the DTM to a half-season in an F1 cockpit.

    MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS: George Russell.

    Pascal and Esteban will line up on the 2017 Formula One grid at Sauber and Force India respectively, in what should be a fascinating year for the pair as they continue their racing education at the highest level. And now, George Russell (18, Great Britain) joins them as the third member of the Junior Programme.

    MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS: George Russell.

    Great.

    “It’s great to be part of the Junior Programme,” beamed George. “It is an incredible opportunity to have the backing of the Formula One World Champions. I’m proud to have been given this kind of recognition for all the hard work that’s gone into my career over the years so far.” George showed speed, determination and fighting spirit to seal third place in the 2016 European Formula 3 Championship, with Mercedes-Benz powering him to a total of three pole positions, two wins, ten podium finishes and five fastest race laps along the way. “George has shown impressive form in the junior categories and we’ve been keeping a close eye on him for a while now,” commented Toto Wolff. “It’s still early days in his career but we see great potential in him.” For 2017, George will compete in the GP3 Series with ART Grand Prix on Formula One weekends, following in the footsteps of fellow MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Motorsport Junior Esteban Ocon and, of course, newly announced race driver Valtteri Bottas – both of whom won this championship en route to F1.

    Huge motivation.

    “George’s next challenge in GP3 will provide a good test of his credentials for the future,” continued Toto. “We have already seen with Esteban how effective this series can be as a training ground and, of course, this is the Championship which propelled Valtteri into Formula One, so we will follow George’s progress with great interest.” With the first pre-season test for the 2017 GP3 Series still a number of weeks away, George is keen to make the most of his time at Brackley in the interim. But he’s under no illusions as to his top priority for the year ahead.

    MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS: George Russell.

    “I’ve started doing some work with the team in the simulator and it’s already become clear to me that I’m working with people who are the best in the business, who I know will help me develop as a driver and as a person,” concluded George. “Of course, my priority is to get the job done over the coming season in GP3 and I’m fully focused on that. But this opportunity is a huge motivation and I’m looking forward to the challenge. It should be an exciting year ahead.”

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