Mutua Madrilena still a McLaren sponsor
|By Jonathan Noble and Pablo Elizalde||Monday, January 7th 2008, 15:15 GMT|
Spanish insurance company Mutua Madrilena remains on the McLaren drivers' overalls for now, despite the company having announced at the end of last year that they will not sponsor the British team in 2008.
The Spanish group announced in a press release in December that they were ending their sponsorship deal with McLaren, who they had backed since Fernando Alonso joined the team.
However, despite their own plans, the Mutua Madrilena logo was visible on the sleeves of all of McLaren drivers' overalls during the launch of the team's new car in Germany.
A McLaren spokeswoman made it clear that as far as the team were concerned, the sponsorship deal was still ongoing.
"They are still a team sponsor," a team spokeswoman told autosport.com.
Mutua Madrilena is currently sponsoring an exhibition with all of Alonso's racing cars in Madrid, Spain.
The two-time champion has returned to Renault for the 2008 season.