The curious case of modern F1 'cigarette' branding
At the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix, Ferrari's cars were fitted with the logos of a new campaign from title sponsor Philip Morris. Then McLaren began promoting British American Tobacco. It was just the start of a continuing saga
Twelve months ago, Ferrari title sponsor Philip Morris caused a stir when it launched Mission Minnow and the livery of the team's cars at Suzuka was tweaked as a result.
Initial confusion about the initiative's purpose was followed by criticism from some quarters that it was simply a back door way of bringing the Marlboro logo back into Formula 1 in a bid to sell more cigarettes.
In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? STUART CODLING talks to the man in charge
Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?
OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation
OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history
Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead
Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton dominated the opening day of action for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, on the Istanbul circuit’s much improved track surface. But the Black Arrows squad’s position isn’t quite what it seems. Here’s why
Hamilton questions Ferrari's push to make Leclerc new F1 number one
Wolff: F1 still possible for Mercedes Formula E's Vandoorne, de Vries