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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.