Marlboro axes Ferrari season opening Wrooom event for media freeloaders 1 August, 2013 Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa Ferrari‘s traditional pre-season event on the slopes of Italian ski resort, held in January every year at Madonna di Campiglio will no longer take place. Corriere dello Sport newspaper reports that the main sponsor of Formula 1 and MotoGP teams Ferrari and Ducati, Philip Morris, has cancelled the 2014 edition of ‘Wrooom’ for financial reasons. The newspaper said that the media event has run for 23 years. “The costs of the event are no longer sustainable,” said Philip Morris vice president Maurizio Arrivabene. The event has been described as a ‘freeloading extravaganza for the media’ with some of the sport’s big-name scribes, over 160 in total at the last edition – wined and dined ahead of each grand prix season for the four days of the event. (GMM-Apex) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsFerrari: Performance of our cars was a pleasant surpriseFerrari: We want three car teams for the showHonda plan Alonso charm offensive at SuzukaAlonso: I think a podium is closer than everFerrari: The car will continue to improve right to the endMassa advises Alonso to resist McLaren switchFerrari: We had to deal with some reliability problemsFerrari pay tribute to Santander boss BotinAlonso: Someday I’ll talk too and somebody will not like itAlonso: Ferrari is bigger than any one individual Forza Ferrari I think/hope they’ll find a new sponsor for that event in no time. Santander is a possibility. Luke I love you Phillip morris John Hopefully Philip Morris also finally remove their continued association with Ferrari, considering they were meant to do it at the end of ’06. Psych4191 I don’t believe they cancelled it for financial reasons. Perhaps they cancelled it so they could show Kimi that sponsor appearances won’t matter. Could be a strategic cancellation. petes Santander’s financial piece of sting is almost at an end too……..