Australian Grand Prix – Scuderia Ferrari will run a special livery for this weekend in Melbourne, having removed all traces of ‘Mission Winnow’.
Ferrari will run a special livery to mark their 90th anniversary in Melbourne this weekend. The SF90 livery, the drivers’ race suits and some of the team’s track equipment will bear the logo celebrating 90 years of the Scuderia, in what the team say is an even more evident celebration as the car is also named in honour of the anniversary.
However, with the specific anniversary not until November, it seems premature to celebrate their birthday. Tellingly, the ‘Mission Winnow’ sponsorship deal that was signed off towards the end of 2018 is now nowhere to be seen on the car, having been present throughout pre-season testing.
The initiative, which is run by tobacco company Philip Morris International, has raised eyebrows ever since its announcement, with confirmation coming from the Australian government, as well as EU authorities, that they would be examining the deal. Also under scrutiny is McLaren’s signing of British American Tobacco’s ‘A Better Tomorrow’ initiative.
At one point, Mission Winnow were the title sponsor of Ferrari for this year but a revised entry list released by the FIA showed that this was later pulled. Now, the Mission Winnow logo is missing entirely from the team’s presence.
According to the team, “the race in Melbourne represents the start of celebrations for this special anniversary, which will run throughout the Formula 1 season.”