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Force India extends with NEC ahead of F1 season-opener

Japanese IT services company NEC has renewed its partnership with Formula One motor racing team Force India.

NEC will remain Force India’s premium ICT partner for the 2016 F1 season, which gets underway this weekend with the Melbourne Grand Prix in Australia. Financial terms of the renewal were not disclosed.

Under the agreement, NEC’s branding will appear on the engine cover of the team’s VJMO9 car, along with the drivers' suits, helmets and team clothing. NEC technology will also be installed at Force India’s UK headquarters as part of the new deal.

“The Formula One environment is full of high technology and we share NEC’s passion for pushing the boundaries with innovative technology solutions,” Vijay Mallya, team principal and managing director of Force India, said. “Extending this partnership reinforces NEC’s commitment to these values and further demonstrates NEC’s position as a global player supporting all areas of business.”

NEC first teamed up with Force India ahead of the 2015 season.