It emerged last month that Australian authorities had established an investigation in to whether the initiative introduced with Ferrari name sponsor Philip Morris overdue last year contravened legislation banning tobacco advertising.
It has been alleged that the Mission win-now logos are too similar.
A Philip Morris representative has been adamant that the branding “will not advertise or promote our company’s products” at a statement offered to Motorsport.com.
However, it has now been supported Ferrari intends to do away with its Mission Winnow branding for the Australian Grand Prix weekend on March 1517 — meaning that the logos will be removed from the SF90 car it self the team’s garage panels and employees uniforms.
The move was affirmed by Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri on Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show.
He explained:”There were difficulties with the health area [from Australia] and there was no time for Philip Morris to come across a solution.
“[Mission] Winnow is not just a brand, it has nothing todo with tobacco, because it concerns the transition out of cigarette into electronic [products].
“In any instance in Australia we will have a surprise for the fans on the vehicle.”
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The very first sign at a looming change came after a revised f-1 20-19 entry list issued the other day gave Ferrari’s team name as ‘Scuderia Ferrari’, also never ‘Scuderia Ferrari Mission win now ’ as originally recorded.
It emerged that because the 20-19 kit comprises Mission Winnow branding the Maranello squad planned to revert into its 2018 team uniforms for Australia.
Ferrari is expected to bring back the logos however it has not expressly indicated that this is going to be the situation.
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The Ducati MotoGP club, which is likeWISe sponsored by Philip Morris and comprises Mission Winnow has also been dragged into the controversy.
A criticism concerning the Bologna-based ensemble ’s 20-19 livery was quieted by the National Consumer Union (UNC) into the country’s Contest Authority.
Massimiliano Dona, president of the UNC, said:”the very simple fact that Ferrari has decided to call itself only Scuderia Ferrari no longer Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow, coincidentally ahead of the race in Australia, where the government are already exploring to see whether there’s a potential circumvention of this tobacco advertising ban, which shows our request has a good foundation.
“Because of this we ask that the government contacted by us to create a statement before Formula 1 or 2 MotoGP arrives at Italy.”
The official team name of ‘Ducati Mission win now ’ additionally is apparently unaffected.
Additional coverage by Roberto Chinchero, Sebastian Franzschky, Matteo Nugnes
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
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