Scuderia Ferrari extends Marlboro deal until 2015 image

Ferrari F1 team has extended its collaboration with tobacco company Philip Morris through to the end of 2015, despite cigarette advertising being banned in the sport.

The rumors about the extension were first heard in January at Marlboro’s ‘Wrooom’ media event in the Italian Dolomites.

Philip Morris has remained in F1 long after the sport’s total ban on cigarette advertising.

Ferrari’s so-called ‘barcode’ logo and livery was controversial in 2010, leading to the launch of a new red and white logo for this year, which was incorporated into the design of the 2011 car’s livery.

“We see no obstacles to an extension,” a Philip Morris International spokesman said in January.

“Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro announces that it has extended its collaboration agreement with Philip Morris International to the end of 2015,” read a press release.