Marlboro to be Ferrari sponsor until 2014

Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari F2004. Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Brazil, 22 October 2004. DIGITAL IMAGE BEST IMAGE

Ferrari and Marlboro have a long association in F1

Jan.20 (GMM) Marlboro is set to stay as Ferrari‘s title sponsor until at least 2014, according to a report on Thursday.

The German-language said it learned about the likely contract extension at the team’s recent ‘Wrooom’ media event in the Italian Dolomites.

An official announcement could be made on January 28, when the famous team launches its 2011 car at its Maranello base.

Philip Morris brand Marlboro has remained in F1 long after the sport’s total ban on cigarette advertising.

The team’s so-called ‘barcode’ logo and livery was controversial in 2010, leading to the launch of a new logo for this year, which will be incorporated into the design of the 2011 car’s livery.

“We see no obstacles to an extension,” the report quotes a spokesman for Philip Morris International as saying.

  • Arthur

    Watching F1 doesn’t make you wanna smoke. It makes you wanna stick your head on the screen. hahahaha…

  • krish

    If ferrari can have tobacco sponsors then the same must be allowed for other teams too. At this stage f1 needs to completely utilise its sponsoring potential. If rothmans cash could save a good team like williams and careers of various talented but cash strapped drivers like hulkenberg then whats the harm in allowing them?

  • Arthur

    They were not banned. They could still sponsor but they could not advertise. In the case of Ferrari, they already have a red car and it is universally accepted that Ferrari and Marlboro including Shell were a supergroup. That even if Marlboro would not place their name on the car or in any visible place in F1 for that matter, they are still recognized…

    West continued to sponsor McLaren even after the tobacco ad ban by placing the driver’s name instead of the “West” word. Benson and Hedges too used the quote “gives you wings” using the same text as the cigarette packaging…