While cigarette-brand logos once adorned most of the Formula 1 cars on the grid, tobacco sponsorship in F1 has been banned for years. The last holdout was Ferrari, but even that's been scaled back to oblivion over the past few seasons.

As countries hosting races gradually banned tobacco advertising, Ferrari was forced to remove the Marlboro name and logo from its cars at some grands prix. Eventually, it was removed altogether in favor of the bar-code graphic that was, according to some, designed to evoke the Marlboro logo while skirting the sponsorship rules. Last year, even that was dropped after controversy erupted over the issue.

The last vestige of the collaboration between Ferrari and Philip Morris remained in the team's name, but reports now indicate that's over. The team is reverting from Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro to Scuderia Ferrari. This change comes after the two outfits recently announced a renewal of their contract, but you to wonder what Philip Morris is getting out of its multi-million-dollar sponsorship deal at this point, and by extension, how much longer it will last.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      James Coulee
      • 4 Years Ago
      They own all the advertising space (so they sell it to secondary advertisers) and they do ferrari related marketing (featuring Ferrari in their ads, packs, etc.).
      Billy Tea
      • 4 Years Ago
      Probably for the corperate box. One of the best seats in the house.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Personally I think the FIA should have taken the last step to end tobacco involvement in F1 and banned any team with tobacco sponsorship from renewing their contracts.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i hate how this whole witch-hunt has gone....they are companies providing a product/service to those who want/need them just like everyone else. if by now you haven't learned that smoking tobacco is bad for you, then shame on you. they pay their dues in sponsorship just like everyone. leave it up to the individual teams to decide what kind of image they want to portray. what about redbull, monster and all them nasty ass energy drinks? that crap ain't good for you either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ferrari just renewed with Marlboro until 2015. They're not going anywhere.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe this ends but their partnership is nowhere near to end. Watch something come out of this soon. I don't smoke and never been but they both look good though.