mertol wrote: ↑
Thu May 16, 2019 12:13 pm
How is Philip Morris responsible? Why can't the other teams find sponsors? The whole ban on cigarettes is nonsense. Either make them completely illegal or allow their advertising.
Philip Morris is a bit more then a sponsor. When the decided to do F1 proper, and not be dependent of a team. They funded Project Four to buy/merge with McLaren and much of the team management was done in Lausanne, next to all of the team marketing of course. After Honda left, the disappointment of Mansell and probably a bit Ron Dennish behaviour, they decided to part with their own team and made a mega deal with Ferrari. Winning at any cost. This destroyed one "garagiste" team after the other. They just couldn't keep up. Mclaren only could keep up because Daimler stepped in and took over the team and same goes for Benneton (and without much succes, Stewart and Sauber of course).
At this moment you could almost divide the big teams from their funding to see how the game is played.
Philip Morris - Ferrari
Daimler - Reynard-Brackly
RedBull - Stewart-Milton Keens
Renault - Enstone
You can almost swap the funding/name and the factory/team without much trouble, as has been happend in the past. What you can also see, that from the four big funders of F1, only two are car brands, the other ones are marketing wizards.
a really fun fact is of course, that the Ferrari team is funded by Philip Morris and FIAT Chrysler themselves fund another team...
In the past the influence of Philip Morris was a lot bigger by they way, they were funding/placing drivers with multiple teams trough the paddock. Just look at old pics, more then half of the cars had a Marlboro logo around the drivers name. Guess you paid/approved that driver?