Visa Europe has extended its global sponsorship of the FIA Formula E Championship, having sponsored the European leg of the inaugural season last year.
As part of the deal, Visa Europe will now become the official payment partner for the next three race seasons, until 2018.
The sponsorship - which will again feature the Visa Fastest Lap - includes trackside branding, tickets and race rights to pass onto Visa Europe’s markets and members.
In addition, Visa is also sponsoring current FIA Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr, who will become a Visa driver ambassador.
The second season of the competition will begin in Beijing on 24th October.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Mark Antipof, chief officer, sales and marketing at Visa Europe said: “Visa Europe’s partnership with Formula E is the perfect combination of two truly innovative brands. Formula E is driving the change towards an electric future and reinventing motorsport, while here at Visa, we’re reinventing payments by pioneering technologies to make payments faster, simpler and more secure. We seek partners that match our commitment to innovation and leadership, so it was therefore natural for us to extend our support of this evolutionary sport through a global sponsorship for the next three years.
“We are also incredibly excited to announce Nelson Piquet Jr as our Visa driver ambassador. It will be the first time that Visa Europe has sponsored a world famous driver of this stature, and gives us a fantastic opportunity to further engage with fans and bring them even closer to the action.”
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, commented: “We are delighted that Visa Europe has decided to become the official payment partner of Formula E. Last season they demonstrated through the sponsorship of the London ePrix and the fastest lap initiative the kind of innovation and leadership on which Formula E thrives. Visa is a company with worldwide recognition and a reputation for pioneering innovation, qualities that I believe makes them a perfect fit for Formula E. This partnership once again shows the burgeoning profile and success of Formula E.”
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