Ferrari Formula 1 team to run new livery from Japanese Grand Prix
|By Jonathan Noble||Wednesday, October 3rd 2018, 09:44 GMT|
Ferrari will run a new livery on its Formula 1 cars from this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, Autosport can reveal.
The changes mark the start of a new initiative from title sponsor Philip Morris International, which has kept a relatively low presence on the car despite its long association with Ferrari.
The scale of the rebranding of Ferrari's SF71H is yet not clear, but teaser images and a video leaked ahead of the official revealing at Suzuka on Thursday hint at new logos in prime spots - such as the engine cover, bargeboards and rear wing.
It is understood that the new livery will not be promoting any of Philip Morris's many brands or products though.
Instead, the change of colours marks a fresh push by the company to transform its business activities - especially in the fields of science, technology and innovation.
Earlier this year Philip Morris extended its title sponsorship with Ferrari until 2021, which it declared would be a key platform for its efforts to develop smoke-free technologies that moved away from its tobacco origins.