Confusion over status of McLaren sponsor

Wed, 9 January 2008, 01:15

Confusion has arisen over the status of the Spanish formula one sponsor Mutua Madrilana, an insurance company.

It emerged last month that the Madrid based firm had followed the example of countryman Fernando Alonso by leaving McLaren after the first of a multi-year contract, with intentions to rejoin Renault.

But even though the ‘MM’ logos did not feature on the front wing endplates of the 2008 McLaren when it was launched in Stuttgart this week, the company was still represented on the overall right-arms of drivers Lewis Hamilton, Heikki Kovalainen, Pedro de la Rosa and Gary Paffett.

Moreover, a McLaren spokeswoman said Mutua Madrilena is still a sponsor of the Mercedes-powered team.

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