In the round-up: Ferrari are no longer carrying the logos of tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris International, which was behind its Mission Winnow branding.
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PMI’s Mission Winnow logos disappear from new Ferrari
Following speculation Ferrari would lose the backing of major sponsor PMI in 2022, the company’s Mission Winnow brand was absent from the F1-75 when it appeared yesterday.
Since 2019, the team have carried the company’s Mission Winnow branding on their Formula 1 cars at select races as part of their nearly 50 year commercial partnership with PMI.
Despite no longer having their branding on the Ferrari livery, PMI claim that their relationships with Formula 1’s most successful team, as well as Moto GP’s factory Ducati team, will continue.
“Ferrari and Ducati have been and will continue be important partners for us,” a spokesperson told RaceFans. “Our relationships with Ferrari and Ducati, which date to 1973 and 2003 respectively, have and will continue to evolve. We look forward to the coming season and will share more details in due course.”
Ferrari never won any of the races in which Mission Winnow branding appeared on their cars throughout the three seasons of the campaign.
F1 Esports total viewing figures double
Online audiences for the Pro Championship increased at each of the four events held over the two month racing league, which saw Mercedes Esports driver Jarno Opmeer successfully defend his Pro Championship drivers’ title against Frederik Rasmussen and Lucas Blakeley.
The Pro Championship accounted for the majority of the 23 million combined views of F1 Esports content throughout 2021, with the Challenger Series and Pro Exhibitions races making up the remaining share.
Villeneuve secures Daytona 500 spot
Former world champion and Indy 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve will compete in Sunday’s Daytona 500 after he secured the 36th fastest time in qualifying ahead of the race.
The 1997 Formula 1 world champion’s lap time of 51.010 seconds was enough to see him secure a place in the prestigious NASCAR Cup Series opener for the first time, after he failed to qualify on his first attempt back in 2008.
Racing with Team Hezeberg, Sunday’s race at the Daytona International Speedway will be the team’s first start in the premier class of NASCAR and Villeneuve’s fifth – his first since 2013.
“It’s not like winning the Indy 500 or the F1 championship,” said the 50-year-old. “But at this point in my career, the last time I tried to qualify here was 14 years ago, just to make the show is incredible.”
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Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more:
Finally! Masi is gone and we can begin to repair the damage done and move forwards.
— Tiff Needell (@tiff_tv) February 17, 2022
Crazy seeing some of the vitriol in replies about Masi. He made a big mistake in a high pressure moment but he's just a regular person like the rest of us. Always seemed like a decent guy when I spoke to him. Just don't think he was cut out for that job, ultimately.
— Nate Saunders (@natesaundersF1) February 17, 2022
To help encourage consistency, their new plan is to interchange the role of race director on a race-by-race basis, do I have that right?
— Steve Matchett (@MrSteveMatchett) February 17, 2022
I. AM. IN. LOVE. ❤️
I can’t wait to be driving this beast.
What do you think ? pic.twitter.com/n7FkqP3tZJ
— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) February 17, 2022
Looks fantastic – a nod back to the Ferraris I fell in love with in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the black wings!
Nice to see completely different side pod designs yet again compared to the other cars we’ve seen so far. https://t.co/pfmjr1J0f6
— Karun Chandhok (@karunchandhok) February 17, 2022
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Happy birthday to _Ben_ and Mike!