McLaren press release on Marlboro

Woking, 26th August 1996. "Philip Morris Europe and McLaren International announced today that they will not be renewing their association following the end of the 1996 Formula One season." Walther Thoma, President of Philp Morris' European ...

Woking, 26th August 1996. "Philip Morris Europe and McLaren International announced today that they will not be renewing their association following the end of the 1996 Formula One season."

Walther Thoma, President of Philp Morris' European Union Region, said: "Although our association with McLaren ends after the last race of 1996, our Company remains committed to the support of Formula One and other motor sports. During our twenty three years of sponsorship, the Marlboro McLaren team has had unprecedented success, winning nine Drivers' World Championships, seven World Constructors' Championships and ninety-six Grands Prix. We are very proud of that record, and of the association with McLaren which made it possible. There comes a time to reasses. The only thing I can say for certain is that we will continue to participate in Formula One in a meaningful and significant way. We wish McLaren renewed success in the future."

Ron Dennis, Managing Director, McLaren International, added, "Philip Morris have been our staunchest supporter, and a consistent contributor to our success over the years. We are very proud of our longstanding affiliation with Marlboro, and certain that the team will continue to achieve the kind of success that made the Marlboro McLaren team unique in the history of Formula One. I want to thank all of the people of Philip Morris througout the World who have been with us in our long and productive relationship."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Philip Morris
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