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The Weekly Grapevine

This week: on F1's new money

F1's new money

On Sunday, Lucky Strike and Mild Seven will exit Formula One, joining West, Benson and Hedges, Gauloises, Rothmans/Winfield - all of whom exited the sport over the last five years. Thus, next year Marlboro will be the only tobacco brand still involved in the sport, having a year ago extended its deal with Ferrari to 2012.

Lucky Strike and Mild Seven have a proud history in the sport: the former entered F1 way back in 1970 and enjoyed associations with world champions and Grand Prix winners; the Japanese brand won no less than four world championships with Benetton/Renault and could conceivably add a further two within the next five days.

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