Ferrari has confirmed an extension of its contract with tobacco producer Philip Morris International, which produces the Marlboro brand.
A brief statement issued on Monday confirmed only that the team had “renewed its multi-year partnership with Philip Morris International”.
“The agreement continues the collaboration of over 40 years between Philip Morris International and Scuderia Ferrari,” it added.
Philip Morris Intrernational is the only tobacco producer which is still active in Formula One. Increased advertising restrictions led other tobacco brands to leave the sport in the late-noughties.
Ferrari has been criticised for continuing its association with Marlboro. In 2010 the team changed its livery in response to complaints it was circumventing the ban on tobacco advertising.
The following year Ferrari introduced a new red-and-white team logo which remains on the team’s airboxes. This also drew criticism over its similarities to Marlboro’s branding, and Ferrari responded by removing the word ‘Marlboro’ from its official team name.
Marlboro is one of Formula One’s longest-running sponsors. It arrived in the sport with BRM and later backed Alfa Romeo. It enjoyed a successful, long-running association with McLaren which ended in 1996.
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene is a former vice-president of Marlboro.
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