Ferrari is surely the most important team in Formula 1, and consequently, it is necessary to pay large amounts of money for the spot on a red car …

Philip Morris International – Mission Winnow (Title Partner): 129.6 M€
Shell (Sponsor + Partners): 25 M€ + 4 M€
UPS (Sponsor + Partners): 25 M€ + 3.5 M€
Kaspersky (Sponsor + Partners): 3.5 M€ + 20 M€
Lenovo (Sponsor): 16 M€
Ray-Ban (Sponsor + Partners): 12 M€ + 0.5 M€
AMD (Sponsor + Partners): 1.5 M€ + 3.2 M€
Hublot (Sponsor): 3 M€
Weichai (Sponsor): 2.6 M€
Pirelli (Partners): 2.5 M€
OMR (Sponsor): 1.6 M€
MAHLE (Sponsor): 1.5 M€

 

It’s been a quarter of a century since you’re gone. Things have changed, others have come, your rivals have grown old, but you have remained the same and unchanged. But how to explain who you are, someone who has 18 today or maybe 24? The biggest, the fastest, or the god on earth?  Many confuse what you were with what you meant to him. Your victories were theirs, the success of the rigid world through your eyes.

Someone who has not experienced you and knows about you only what the older brothers told him, will find it hard to understand. On the track, I have never cheered on you, even though you’ve been driving for “my” team Lotus. This is where an important dividing line is hidden because you are not just a driver, but you were, you are, and you will always be, just a human being. Your exceptional humanity is something that is unjustly ignored by many.

Battles with Alain were often on the edge of the rules and perhaps even over. We all remember “lessons” you gave to young Schumacher and Irvine, but few remember that Mansell has also raised you half a meter above the ground because you were too “ambitious”.

When you stopped in the middle of the track and helped Eric Coma to stay alive, I was sure that you would have done the same thing if Alain Prost was in his place. I believe that even if you hated him so much, you would never have done anything to regret it.  The legend says that you went to the last race with an Austrian flag in your pocket in order to honor a deceased colleague. To someone, you actually did not even know, a rookie, but someone who was close to you.

It’s hard to explain to someone who never experienced you how great man you were. Although it’s been a quarter of a century, you’ve stayed here somewhere with us, just like Ronnie, Gilles, Jimmy and everyone else. What makes this great and unforgettable is exactly this immense humanity with all the positive and negative sides. If you like it or not, nobody can dispute your legacy. If anyone asks me who Ayrton Senna was, I will repeat your sentence, the one that best describes you, you as a human being. Ayrton Senna was a man who knew that the second one is only the first loser.

Simon Jazbec

Ayrton Senna: Conspiracy theories

If you’ve been paying close attention as a full-on fan of F1, then you should know exactly where these Grand Prix finish lines are.

Ferrari and Philip Morris went to Mission, and they Won…

It was only a matter of time when all the political correctness we have witnessed in recent years in the field of tobacco advertising would turn against the actors and slap them right in the face.

Now, Ferrari and Philip Morris have done this in style. PM returned to the red car with the mysterious “Mission Winnow” brand to promote the world without cigarettes. Of course, it’s no coincidence that the logo of the campaign strongly resembles the popular Marlboro cigarette pack, although this will be denied to Ferrari and Philip Morris to the end. But can anybody blame them?

We live in a time of hypocrisy and political correctness. While Formula One is breaking up connections with tobacco giants on all sides, on the other side kneeling against the Dutch brewery and French champagne. Even if it’s an elite class of motorsports, Formula One and the regulators of countries that host races do not see any problems in the promotion of alcohol, even though millions of people are killed every year. Alcohol, tobacco, sugar, oil etc. they all may have negative health effects, and consequently, the same criteria should apply to all of them. Forbid everything or nothing.

Whoever thought that tobacco corporations with all the millions would not find a way back into the media space, made a big mistake. Philip Morris came with Mission Winnow, followed by British American Tobacco, and everyone else will come along with their anti-smoking campaign. It’s simply a genius idea of advertising a product that does not exist, and it will be very difficult to forbid it. Ferrari and Philip Morris are a good example of what a bizarre situation this really is. Instead of forcing tobacco companies to finance extreme costly hybrid technology, they are smiling while running weird campaigns around the world. Philip Morris went to Mission Winnow and he did it.

Matt P.

Is Sebastian Vettel Ferrari’s next victim?

Yes, Some of the biggest names in the music industry are passionate fans of Formula 1. From their passion over the world of moto-sport, some great songs were created…

In the following article, we will reveal some of the songs which have been inspired by the F1 racing. We have selected some of the most famous musical works from various genres that are in one way or another connected with Formula 1.


The first story that came to my mind happened at the Australian Grand Prix in 1993, where Ayrton Senna took to the stage during the Tina Turner concert. It’s hard to say which of them had more fans, but Tina admitted that Ayrton was simply the best for her and dedicated her song to Simply The Best.

Senna was inspired by many musicians, including Italian singer Lucia Dallo. He dedicated his poem Ayrton, in which he wondered about the meaning of races, about meaning, and about the day that god told him in a curve that he should close his eyes and rest. Dalla is known for deep, deliberate poems about celebrities. Among his hats is, for example, the poem Nuvolari, in which he conveys the myth of Taziri and his almost superhuman power, attributed to him by the then media. I think that these are two masterpieces written by someone who was really passionate about racing.

The songs about Ayrton are far from over. In 1994, the acid jazz band Corduroy released an album Out of Here, which included a recording, with the simple name Ayrton Senna. In the song we hear the South American rhythm and the vocals of Brothers Addison. Although the song is less known, it is definetly worth listening.
Among the most famous pop songs about Formula 1 is certainly a track by Robbie Williams, Supreme. In the video of his song he is fighting for the title of world champion with Jackie Stewart himself. The song is catchy, the video is a little funny, but as a whole the idea is brilliant and the installation of historical and studio recordings is also excellent.
Jackie Stewart also performs in the video for the song “Faster” by George Harrison. Song, where we also have the opportunity to see a multitude of original racing tracks from the late 1970s. Former member of the Beatles group was a big enthusiast of Formula 1 and a loyal Peterson fan. He paid all the profit from the record to the Gunnar Nilsson Foundation to fight cancer. George had an interview with an Italian journalist, with an artistic name, Red Ronnie. He asked him, from where the idea of this name was. The journalist explained that he was named Red because he was redheaded and Ronnie was after Peterson. Harrison and Red Ronnie became very good friends imediately. There is also a video interview, in which Harrison explains what happened in Formula One in 1978 with such a passion and compared drivers with rock’n’roll celebrities.
At the end of the 1990s, Danish-Dutch duo, known as DJ Visage, released a clip called Formula. The title may not say much to many, but most of F1 fans have already heard this song. In fact, he became better known as Schumacher’s song. In the following years, several remixes of this track were created, as Schumacher’s glory was at its peak at the time.
Finally, another song, which is not directly related to Formula 1, but has true racing vibe. In 2000, Mark Knopfler, former boss of the Dire Straits group, released the song Speedway at Nazareth, which talks about life on American races. The inspiration for creating this ballade is supposedly given by his personal friend, Stefan Johansson. Knopfler and Johansson met in 1986 at the Austrian GP when he drove for Ferrari and stayed in touch even when Johansson continued his career in the US.

Simon Jazbec

Kimi Raikkonen visits Maranello one last time…
This year’s Christmas party in Maranello had a special character, for Kimi Raikkonen who said goodbye to the former team.

Kimi Raikkonen also made his last visit to the Ferrari’s Maranello factory, where he thanked of all members of the team and his teammate Sebastian Vettel, with whom they also exchanged racing helmets.

Ferrari, in honor of his latest world champion, has prepared a special video with the compilation of some of the highlights of Finn’s eight-year career at Ferrari.

Kimi said today in Maranello for Ferrari: “I want to tell you that I don’t want to remain the latest Ferrari champion for long! I hope you will win the championship next year, you deserve it.”

On his final visit to Maranello, Kimi caught up with Vettel for one last time and came up with a wonderful post for his teammate.

“Was nice working with you mate” Kimi posted on Instagram.

After five years at Maranello, Raikkonen is moving to Sauber for 2019 because his bosses elected to take Charles Leclerc instead.

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Robert Kubica has hailed Kimi Raikkonen as one of Formula 1’s best drivers despite his age.

The Pole, Williams’ driver, made his long-awaited return in Formula 1 this season.

Robert Kubica shared his thoughts on Kimi Räikkönen:

“Kimi is still one of the best driver in Formula 1 even though he has some age now. He has been a bit unlucky this season but he’s still good.”“I would like to be Kimi’s team-mate, he is a bit special but I like his lifestyle. He would be one of the best team-mates what you could have.”

Kubica was tipped as a future world champion during his first stint in F1 in which he claimed 12 podium finishes and won the 2008 Canadian GP.

But a one-off participation in the 2011 Ronde di Andora rally dramatically changed the course of his career as he crashed into a church wall and suffered extensive damage to his right hand, arm and leg. He underwent several hours of surgery and suffered a partial amputation of his forearm.

According to reports from Italian media, Mick Schumacher will join Ferrari’s young driver’s academy, after the son of seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher refused a similar offer from Mercedes.

Mick Schumacher, who will race in Formula 2 in the coming season, will follow the footsteps of his father, who won five consecutive world championships with a red car.


“Mick Schumacher will join Ferrari’s young driver’s academy, after the son of seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher refused a similar offer from Mercedes.”

The 19-year-old talent now makes the obvious step up to F2 and will continue his partnership with Prema Racing, the team with which he won this year’s European F3 title and who also helped Ferrari-bound Charles Leclerc claim the F2 title in his rookie season in 2017.

Although Motorsport’s report makes clear that Schumacher is yet to sign with Ferrari, it is claimed that he has decided that a spot in Ferrari’s programme suits better, a move perhaps enforced by Leclerc’s meteoric rise.