Ferrari have changed their official team name from “Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro” to “Scuderia Ferrari”.
A Ferrari spokesperson told F1 Fanatic: “Philip Morris International and Ferrari have responded to recent concerns regarding the official Ferrari team name and have decided, effective immediately and worldwide, that ‘Marlboro’ will no longer be a part of the team name.
“Whilst we do not agree with the concerns raised, our decision has been taken in line with our history of responsiveness on similar issues and to avoid what would likely be an unnecessary and unproductive debate.”
Last month Ferrari extended its sponsorship deal with Philip Morris, owners of the Marlboro brand, to 2015.
The team changed the graphics used on its cars last year following claims it was designed to be visually similar to Marlboro’s branding.
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