Scuderia Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto admitted that he is confident the Italian side will be able to keep the links with long-time main sponsor Philip Morris International despite the fact that Ferrari will not use Mission Winnow as part of its official name for the 2022 Formula 1 season.
The Philip Morris International project was first introduced in 2018 and was met with heavy criticism due to its perceived form of tobacco branding that has not been allowed in Formula 1 for almost two decades.
The Maranello team displayed a bright green Mission Winnow logo on its SF21 cars during the 2021 Formula 1 championship, yet many rounds, particularly the ones in Europe, did not feature the Philip Morris International branding. The name, however, was included within the official team entry but for the upcoming season onwards has now been removed, as Ferrari have not yet announced the official replacement.
Mattia Binotto explained: “They have been our title sponsor. If you look at the ways that we subscribe our team to the next championship, it’s not called Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow anymore but only Scuderia Ferrari. So I think that’s quite straightforward maybe as an answer. Still, actually, there are many opportunities on which we may collaborate with them, keeping them as partners. We have options on the table at the moment and we are still talking with them. Hopefully, they will remain still as a strong partner, but it’ll take some more days and some more weeks.” – Scuderia Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto concluded, when asked about the Philip Morris International partnership.