For the first time in the 2021 Formula 1 season, Scuderia Ferrari will have to remove the Mission Winnow branding on the SF21. The anti-tobacco regulations that are in force in France prevent the SF21 cars of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz from showing the logo that refers to the Philip Morris International campaign.
On the occasion of the 2019 French Grand Prix, the last one that took place at Paul Ricard before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maranello team had replaced Mission Winnow with the logo that celebrated the 90th anniversary of Ferrari, while in this edition the brand (that appeared for the first time in the 2018 Japanese GP at Suzuka both on the single-seater and the clothing of the team and drivers) will be removed but not replaced.
Mission Winnow by Philip Morris International represents the mirror of the transformation of the tobacco multinational committed to replacing cigarettes with smoke-free products.
For this purpose, 400 scientists, engineers and technicians are dedicated to developing less harmful alternatives to cigarettes at the two research and development sites based in Switzerland and Singapore. The intent is to radically transform the industry through scientific and technological innovation and the promotion of constructive dialogue.
Ferrari and Formula 1 represent the maximum expression of research, making this union more than natural, also taking into consideration the very close bond that unites Philip Morris International to Maranello since the mid-1980s when an uninterrupted collaboration began which still continues today.