McLaren sponsor Santander is also set to back Bruno Senna’s campaign in the GP2 support category this year, we have learned.
The global Spanish bank has a presence on McLaren’s new Mercedes-powered MP4-22 car, and is expected to shortly announce its signing of naming rights for July’s British grand prix.
It is believed that Santander’s investment in formula one this season could run into more than $40 million, including supporting Senna’s climb to the F1 grid with the Arden team.
Brazilian Bruno Senna, 23, is the nephew of F1’s late triple world champion Ayrton Senna, who crashed fatally in 1994.
It is understood that young Senna will be sponsored through Santander’s Brazilian arm, ‘Banco Santander do Brasil’.
He said recently: “For me (GP2 is) a two-year project, and I will try to have a shot at the title in 2008.”