F1 » McLaren and Vodafone confirm split

McLaren and Vodafone to conclude relationship at end season

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March 14, 2013 1:25 PM

Whether or not Perez can bring money to the team i think it is a bit disingenuous to label him a pay driver. Up until he was annouced for the move over from Sauber he was driving very well and imo worthy of a seat in F1....yeah went a bit belly up after that but i think we'll see him put in some good performances this year.

I do agree that the title sponsor is quite likely to be Tel Mex tho. They have plenty of capital and probably will pay what is asked of them...given the current financial climate that has to be attractive to ANY team and not just Macca

Sasha - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 3:19 PM

Vodafone is working in a mature market. Excessive marketing budgets are not a part of that anymore. They are starting to loose money and have to change their strategies to a market where every tenth of a penny counts. Telco's without growth markets cannot operate like tobacco companies anymore.

Shan - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 3:19 PM

cat out of the bag. mclaren had to hire a pay driver to pay the bills. it was funny because martin whitmarsh said couple of weeks ago that there are too many pay drivers on the grid. I am not saying parez is not a good driver, but can not see him in a top team without the money he is bringing in. I thought hulk would be an ideal replacement just considering talent. seems like mclaren is going bad to worst. they are bit like a r s e n a l football team. haven't won anything for ages but still talking about one of tje best team, etc... make me laugh sometimes. in sports no one remeberes who came second.

Ben - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 4:10 PM

The sponsorship deal between Vodafone and McLaren started in 2007, the same year a certain Hamilton launched his rooky year in F1 with McLaren. After 6 years with the team, Hamilton calls it quit and leaves McLaren. Surprise surprise, even before the new season has begun, McLaren's main title sponsor, Vodafone, decides to call it quit as well and leaves the team.

I am not saying Hamilton's departure is the driver of this decision, but I am working hard to convince myself of the contrary. May be it's just pure coincidence! But that will be a bizzare coincidence and we will probably never know the true reason.


March 14, 2013 5:09 PM

Ben, working hard to convince yourself my LEG, you and most of the others criticising mclaren or shedding crocodile tears for them are the ones who migrated to Mercedes with Lulu.
Some of these one eyed fan boys have the guts to credit Lulu for Vodafone sponsoring mclaren.

bob - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 5:56 PM

Oh my God!

Yes fanboys, Hamilton leaving is the reason Vodafone are pulling out! Just keep telling yourself that.

Nothing at all to do with the fact that they are pulling all of their sponsorship from motor sport world wide to concentrate on upgrading their increasingly ageing and complained about mobile infrastructure.

No, Hamilton is the reason. JESUS!

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