Ferrari’s major sponsor, Mission Winnow, are confident they will be able to run their logos at the season opener in Australia.
The Philip Morris brand is subject of an investigation by Australia’s Department of Health and Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services over whether the company is in breach of their tobacco advertising laws.
A separate investigation has also been launched by the Australian Communications and Media Authority after local tv channels showed the Mission Winnow branding on Ferrari’s cars at the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix.
But, Mission Winnow firmly believe that they fully comply with Australia’s legislation and are in ongoing talks with the authorities.
“The initiative and the symbols and logos used on the livery of the Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow and the website comply with the laws that apply to our activities in Australia and the State of Victoria,” Philip Morris international director of global communication, Tommaso di Giovanni, told Motorsport.com.
“We are aware of the debate on Mission Winnow in Australia and we are working with the organisers of the local grand prix to understand the concerns of the authorities and give them an answer.
“Mission Winnow does not advertise or promote our company’s products or product brands. Rather, it is designed to talk about our commitment to improving ourselves in everything we do.
“Mission Winnow is a window to the new Philip Morris International and our partners, to our commitment and the stimuli that drive us to improve and evolve. And to contribute to the progress of society.”