Orange end Arrows sponsorship

Communications company Orange today announced the end of its sponsorship of the Arrows Formula One team. The agreement between Orange and Arrows began in 2000 and concludes at the last race of the 2002 season, this weekend's Japanese Grand ...

Communications company Orange today announced the end of its sponsorship of the Arrows Formula One team. The agreement between Orange and Arrows began in 2000 and concludes at the last race of the 2002 season, this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

"In the last three years the Formula One programme for Orange has exceeded all expectations both in terms of delivering worldwide brand exposure and providing a platform for showcasing Orange products and services in the hi-tech environment of Formula One," said Orange CEO Jean Francois Pontal.

Orange has no immediate plans to take up sponsorship with another F1 team, although the company has been linked with a possible move to Renault. Owned by France Telecom, it has been rumoured that Orange would like to link up with a French team.

Arrows have failed to take part in the last four races and the future is looking decidedly grim for the team. Still embroiled in legal actions, it's looking increasingly likely that Arrows will be the second team to disappear from the grid this year, following the demise of Prost before the start of the season.

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