Legendary athlete Michael Johnson is a sponsor of the Williams F1 team

Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson has joined the Williams F1 team as sponsor. The Grove team has announced that its driver and team overalls will sport ‘MJP’ logos in 2012.

The four-time Olympic gold medallist set up his Michael Johnson Performance company in Texas after he retired, a training facility for young athletes and professional athletes from all sports.

“I had the privilege of first meeting Michael at the Belgian Grand Prix in the late 1990s,” said Williams team boss Sir Frank Williams.

“I have always admired the dedication required to be an Olympic Champion. The attention to detail and the commitment required is what sets these extraordinary individuals apart from the rest of us.

“When Michael and I met again recently he explained how he had established a company that specialized in improving athletic performance. I was extremely keen to learn how he could help our team as there seemed to be a lot of areas of common interest.”

“Everyone at Michael Johnson Performance is excited about our partnership with the Williams F1 Team,” added Johnson.

“Williams is known around the world as one of the most successful teams in the history of Formula 1 and has achieved great success over the years; we look forward to helping them continue that winning tradition.”

If Johnson is able to help the FW34 go rather more quickly than its dreadful predecessor, then it’s a job well done…

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.