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How F1’s environmental stance can help its under-pressure partners

The clock may be ticking on Big Oil’s presence in Formula 1, says MARK GALLAGHER. A landmark ruling in the Netherlands is going to force energy companies to clean up their acts

Just as Ferrari was celebrating Charles Leclerc’s unexpected pole positions in Monaco and Baku, one of the Scuderia’s important, long-term sponsors was dealing with a surprise of rather more significant proportions. A court ruling which sent out shockwaves.

While we are used to court cases involving the tobacco industry, this time it was not Maranello’s friends at Philip Morris who were in the dock. Instead, it was Shell which found itself at the wrong end of a ruling.

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