From earning the nickname “King of Pocketbikes” at age 9 to a podium finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix at age 16, Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah is a racing prodigy who is no stranger at beating the odds.
With an uncanny ability to race in all weather conditions especially heavy rain, he is today known as Pescao, or Little Fish.
Hungry for more, this 21 year-old superstar from Selangor is now showing his mettle at the Moto2 Motorcycle World Championship with team PETRONAS Raceline Malaysia.
PETRONAS & Motorsports
As two industries that rely on technical excellence and innovation, motorsports and the oil and gas industries are natural partners. Below is a short timeline of our investment into the motorsports arena.
1988: Sponsorship of a local rally team competing at local, regional and international levels.
1993: PETRONAS begins active involvement in motorcycle racing at the local, regional and international level.
1995: Entry into the Formula 1 (F1) arena with sponsorship of the Red Bull-Sauber PETRONAS F1 team.
1999: Securing the title sponsorship rights for the F1 Grand Prix in Malaysia.
2005: PETRONAS becomes the Premium Partner to the BMW Sauber F1 Team, following BMW’s acquisition of majority interest in Sauber Holdings.
2006: The launch of PETRONAS Formula Racing School to train the cream of Malaysia’s talent crop.
2009: BMW Sauber F1 Team becomes Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team.
2012: Hafizh Syahrin’s first podium finish in Malaysian Grand Prix.
2014 : Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes pick up respective World Championships title in Doha.
PETRONAS Talent Development Programme
Many young Malaysians are natural born talents, but not all of them have the support and exposure to make it big.
As a corporation with an illustrious history in motorsports, we created the PETRONAS Talent Development Programme to provide young talents with the necessary tools and platforms to help them excel in their chosen sports, propelling their careers to greater heights.
Like Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah – whom we supported from Cub Prix, to the Asia Road Racing Championship to the Spanish National Championship right up to the Moto2 category of MotoGP.
Some day soon, we look forward to cheering on a fellow Malaysian driver or rider as they race to clinch the world title for their country.