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Marlboro to continue Ferrari sponsorship

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Tobacco sponsorship is in the news again as Ferrari are reported to be about to extend their title sponsorship deal with Marlboro.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Marlboro set to extend Ferrari deal (Autosport)

“Ferrari’s deal could be announced as early as its new car launch.”

Scot Paul di Resta closes in on Force India F1 drive (BBC)

“Liuzzi’s manager Peter Collins said: ‘Tonio will be in F1 this year. Will he be racing? I don’t know.'”

Senna Movie Plays At Sundance In Utah (Speed TV)

“As for the competition, the 11 other films represent a wide range of worthy intellectual subjects, many of them with a political flavour. Aside from Senna, none features sports or celebrity subject matter of any kind, so in that sense it already jumps out. Now it?s down to how the jury reacts. Let?s hope there are one or two petrolheads involved!”

And while we’re talking about the “Senna” movie the DVD and Blu-Ray editions of the film are already available to order in Japan. Daniel Popescu on Twitter notes they will be released in March:

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Renault via Twitter

“Another exclusive for you now ?ǣ the first black and gold truck back from the paint shop. Simply gorgeous??”

Curiouser and curiouser (Joe Saward)

“Our spies in Austria have spotted JPS motor racing-linked tobacco point-of-sale advertising in recent days. This uses a depiction of a grid and the words ??The Legend??, with a JPS branded cigarette packet featuring racing tyres at each corner. This is going to be seen as linked to the black and gold racing cars that Lotus Renault GP will be running this year, even if the tobacco company and the racing team argue that such a thing should not be the case.”

‘Innovative’ McLaren will provoke ‘lots of discussion’ (Crash)

“It’s always hard-pushed for everyone, but it looks good to me, it looks innovative, I think there are some interesting features on it and I’m sure there’s going to be lots of discussion about it ?ǣ but I suspect others will be working just as hard as we are.”

Mysterious case of Formula One star Jenson Button?s father and his ‘stolen’ Ferrari (Daily Mirror)

“Motor racing champ Jenson Button’s father feared his ??150,000 Ferrari had been stolen ?ǣ but he may have just forgotten where he left it. Former rally driver John Button, 65, told police he had parked the red 550 Maranello outside his hotel on the Italian Riviera.”

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Comment of the day

A lot of people, including Victor here, reckoned yesterday’s Champion of Champions was the toughest one yet:

This, for me, is by far the hardest match-up yet.

Niki Lauda is, despite my immense dislike for the man, without a doubt one of the best Grand Prix drivers ever. To win a championship, dominate the following year, then almost fatally crash and shrug it off to come back and lose the championship by one point simply due to fear is remarkable. So is winning pretty much immediately after a two year break and winning one?s third championship in a different team against a rising star.

Alberto Ascari, on the other hand, is a legend. Considering that he only really raced for four seasons (his 1954 campaign was hardly a proper season and he was killed at the beginning of 1955) and managed to clinch the crown twice and finish second once, I fail to see how he was worse than Fangio. To win more often than every third time he entered a race is spectacular.

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On this day in F1

Elio de Angelis started his first F1 race on this day in 1979 in Buenos Aires. He brought his Shadow home in seventh place, which didn’t earn a point in those days (never mind six).

After one year with the team he moved to Lotus, with whom he spent most of his career.

68 comments on “Marlboro to continue Ferrari sponsorship”

  1. The new ferrari logo looks very similar to a half of a marlboro reds lid.

    1. thats what i said yesterday, along with the Ducatti motoGP logo who are sponsored by marlboro too…..

      1. I’m really quite baffled as to how Ferrari continue to get away with this. Tobaco is banned, by european law and several other grand prix hosting countries. Everyone agree’d not to have them any more.

        Oh wait there Ferrari and no rule is to big to ignore.

      2. Yes, and the only link between Ferrari and Ducati, apart from the origins and the red colour, is Marlboro. And both logos are practically identical, both looking like half of Marlboro’s symbol. I don’t see how it can be useful for Marlboro to sponsor some team without actually having their logos on the car, just to hear the interviewer at the end of the race, when he annouces the drivers on the podium, if there is a Ferrari driver, say: “Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro”.
        Maybe since Ferrari no longer can show Marlboro barcodes, they will go back to sponsoring Marlboro at races where it is allowed, or at least was 3 years ago, like Bahrain and China.

  2. Really been craving a cigarette in recent days….

    1. Me too… and I don’t even smoke

      1. JPS or Marlboro? You get to pick!

      2. Did you hear about the Irishman who craved a a JPS cigerette? Burnt his lips on the exhaust pipe.. :)

    2. All these subliminal messages on F1F these days, Keith’s been taking bribes from the tobacco companies, for sure! ;)

      1. I know the link is only Wikipedia, but really, it doesn’t work.

  3. “It’s always hard-pushed for everyone, but it looks good to me, it looks innovative, I think there are some interesting features on it and I’m sure there’s going to be lots of discussion about it – but I suspect others will be working just as hard as we are.”

    Last year’s Mclaren looked innovative and interesting but on the track it wasn’t all that special. Unless the MP4-26 gets pole position in Bahrain I’m not taking his words too seriously.


  4. That must be the first time I’ve ever heard a truck described as ‘simply gorgeous’…

    1. From that photo my first thought was of a UPS delivery truck

      1. When it’s actually a JPS delivery truck… ;)

      2. A UPS livery would actually be kind of cool. Has there ever been a brown livery? Too bad they don’t sponsor a team. It would make sense from a promotional tie-in standpoint as well… “no one gets your package there faster.”

        1. They have one but in NASCAR only :(

      1. LOL, yes, I liked his look too.

        The truck is a bit too black to be a UPS delivery truck – I like the Lotus Renault GP logo on it, but for the rest it is hard to say: dark with a gold band, inspired by UPS could well be true.

        1. Really? I think the logo looks extremely cheap. It looks even worse on the factory signage

    2. Truck looks better than the car!

  5. The John Button story is actually a bit sad…

    I hope the di Resta news turns out to be true. It’s sounding more and more like it. It’ll be great to see how he fares against Sutil.

    1. I thought the John Button story was hilarious. Either he forgot where he parked the car, or it got stolen. Thats quite a funny predicament to be in. Plus its not the end of the world . Jenson boy could replace it for him within a day.

    2. He’s already found it, it was in the identical looking next town along.

      1. That was exactly what is a bit sad, isn’t it? To me the story suggested he either drank to much after driving there, and forgot, or he is getting old and forgot where he parked it, or he loaned it to someone he doesn’t want to know …

        1. he likes his gin and tonic too much.

        2. He is a pathetic, old retard living the high life on the earnings of his son. A disgusting, old creep and I hope he forgets to attend any future F1 race, I’m fed up seeing his retarded, perma-tan face on my TV. Forgetting where he parked his Ferrari? He’s the only person in the F1 paddock stupid enough, he should be deeply ashamed of his embarrassing, moronic behavior, but I bet he doesn’t feel a thing.

          1. Well, that’s rather nasty!

          2. I agree!

            Everyone who ever forgets where they parked their car should be ashamed of themselves for being a moron and embarassing the human race.

            Even if you step out of a supermarket and have to glance around for a couple of seconds to remind yourself where you parked you should be shot in the middle of the city centre by anonymous internet comment thread poster – as everyone knows they are the master race – in front of a baying crowd, then your remains paraded through the streets with a banner saying ‘Forgot where he parked’.

          3. *Awaits moderation*

          4. Yes, you definitely have this in perspective.

            Why the hate? Did he do something to you or your family? He seems like a pretty nice guy on tv.

          5. Wow… just… wow. He’s probably one of the nicest guys around.. as is Jenson. He’s 65 years old, he’s allowed to do what he wants.

            And if you didn’t know where your Ferrari is, you’d probably call the police too.

    3. if you see it in the cover of autosport, it’s true. They are the ones with the best journalists, with the best info.

      1. They know the real Lotus, after all. ;)

  6. There’s a lot of conjecture and greyness about “real” Lotus and which team means what, and the original Team Lotus is before my time. But if there’s one thing that I’ve learned about F1 history during this thing, it’s that Group Lotus have never raced in F1. Never had a team.
    So I can see the black and gold on their things, but whenever I do I just feel that what I’m seeing is an average middle-aged bloke, who’s decided that he wants to do something notable, so he’s going to have a crack at being a good long-distance runner like his dead brother used to be. So he’s pulled out his dead brothers old tracksuit and started wearing that so that people might think he’s just like him. But then everyone who see’s him just remembers what a nice bloke his brother was and how they used to see him about, and then they wonder what this sap before them is doing running around in his old clothes.

    1. Ha! That’s a perfect analogy.

    2. The Last Pope
      21st January 2011, 5:43

      Yes! That has to be Comment of the day!

      1. NewBoyLewisFan
        21st January 2011, 5:58

        Seconded, Comment of the Day!!

        1. You got a point neither is the real team lotus and its really starting t get to me, all these promotional videos are starting to **** me off. Tried explaining the whole affair to a friend. He just said why dont the FIA just stop them both?

          (Good analogy btw, agree with comment of the day :)

          1. It would be good if Fernandes just broker off completely from the ‘Lotus’ identity, just because he used it to get the team up and running and they performed better than many expected.

            Now the team can create its own identity.

          2. Oh, and COTD too.

    3. Hey, great analogy. Fits perfectly.

    4. I think they are both the ”real” Lotus, except one is the racing brand and the other is a car manufacturing brand.

      This actually gives me an idea – Ferrari wants to run three cars, they could enter as car manufacturing brand as well as the Scuderia racing brand and run four cars.

      1. They’d have to run their road cars for that team though. Which would still put them ahead of HRT…

      2. They could enter the 3rd car as a FIAT

  7. I just love the way that “Marlboro to continue Ferrari sponsorship” is headed with a big fat picture of fake Lotus. Maybe they should just go ahead and get some JPS sponsorship if someone else has tobacco sponsorship :P

    1. That’s it… As bad as them getting tobacco sponsorship is, Ferrari does, and if Ferrari is allowed to get it, why shouldn’t anyone else?

    2. The gold rimmed logo already looks like a package (look at the picture in Sawards blog) for all we know, they might already receive funds from JPS.

    3. Which fake Lotus?

      1. Team Lotus is the only fake Lotus.

        1. So a Renault sponsored by Group Louts is the real deal eh? Exactly which part of the Renault is Lotus? Group Lotus are sponsoring Renault- like Vodafone sponsor Mclaren- so that would make it a Vodafone F1 car then yeah?

  8. Looks like Paul di Resta is on the Force India.

    I hope I can buy that DVD someday.

    I lost Ferrari, how can anyone forget where he parked his Ferrari? I would have been dead by then.

  9. told police he had parked the red 550 Maranello outside his hotel on the Italian Riviera

    if that’s a bad day for him, i’d love to see what he does on a good one :)

  10. Surely if the advertising is banned, Ferrari shouldn’t even be able to announce they’ve extended their “sponsorship” deal?

    1. I have a feeling they could be setting themselves up for problems by publicly announcing the ‘extension’. I had a quick google and it seems the EU law is the Tobacco Advertising Directive.

      Q&A from 2005:

      9. For Grand Prix races in the EU some Formula One teams are using colours, shapes and font faces associated with tobacco logos on the cars (but not the actual logo itself). Is this allowed under the Directive? This is something that the Commission and the Member State authorities will need to examine. According to the Directive “advertising means any form of commercial communication with the aim or direct or indirect effect of promoting a tobacco product”. ”

      1. HounslowBusGarage
        21st January 2011, 12:56

        . . . so if they don’t say anything about the “money from Marlboro”, it’s okay.
        But if they make any form of commercial communication (my example would be a press release), it’s not allowed.

        1. That’s what I gather HBG, If they’d just stuck a diagonally split red/white square on the car, uniforms etc and not said what it was other than ‘the team logo’, as they did with the barcode, then they would be ‘safer’ and possibly within their rights to do so.

          Although I’d bet most people would realise pretty quickly what this logo was hinting at – I believe the barcode was a lot more subtle than using half of the packet lid!

          I’m no legal expert but by issuing the press release it seems they have fallen foul of the EU’s TAD.

          1. I guess it really does come down to what the definition of a “commercial communication” is and whether it would cover the press-release or not!!

      2. Funnily, you never see anyone at Ferrari smoking do you?

  11. Why are Ferrari always allowed to break laws, rules and regulations that other teams aren’t?

    E.G. Germany 2010 “swapgate” between Alonso and Massa, Tobacco when everyone else has got rid of it (at least in sponsorship terms*), testing in Fiorano when no other team did (up to 2008 but please verify if I’m wrong).

    * Lotus Renault GP has JPS colours which JPS is using to advertise their tobacco

  12. A lot of negativity on here today so I thought I’d point out a positive…

    We get to see the first of the new cars next week!!

  13. Paul Di Resta!!

    Ha! I’ve always thought John Button’s a funny guy, although the story is a bit sad.

  14. Keith, just a heads up:

    The site is running very slowly on my machine today and has caused Google Chrome to stop responding a couple of times.

    Only seems to happen on F1F so I’m assuming it’s something on the site rather than my machine…

  15. If only Senna wasn’t playing at 6PM tonight, otherwise I’d drive over to Utah from Colorado this weekend.

  16. What is HRT up to? Did the stress finally drive Kolles crazy? Are they starting work on an extreme cardesign for 2012 early, or are they hoping Simon can dream them up an amazing stunt in the next 3 weeks?

    Anyway it might be a step towards making them loved in the paddock for crazy ideas, taking the chair dance from last year even further!

    Daniel Simon, famed for his futuristic car designs and who has most recently worked on the new sci-fi film TRON: Legacy, wants to give the outfit a totally fresh look as it enters its second season.

    “Being offered a blank canvas by the Hispania Racing and with it the opportunity to bring to life elements of ‘Cosmic Motors’, was something I just couldn’t pass up,” said Simon.


  17. Yeah, tobacco is banned, and that is ridiculous. Alcohol isn’t(for example Flagman Vodka on R30) and it is a stimulant too, so i don’t see the point in this, except that ecoterrorism is growing bigger and bigger and it becomes a real pain in the @ss…

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