Formula 1 Racing

Sauber facing legal action over ‘Stake’ brand

Alexander Rossi's McLaren IndyCar livery, 2024

In the round-up: Switzerland’s Eidgenoessische Spielbankenkommission (Federal Casino Commission) has raised concerns over the legality of Sauber’s rebranding as Stake F1 Team.

In brief

Sauber faces legal challenge over rebranding

Swiss-based team Sauber revealed its new branding as Stake F1 Team in a launch event in London on Monday. It acknowledged restrictions on gambling advertising in some territories mean it will use a different name at some rounds of the world championship.

However gambling advertising is also banned in Switzerland and its casino commission has initiated proceedings against the team, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen reports. Advertising deemed inadmissible can be punished by a fine of up to 500,000 Swiss Francs (£456,000).

“We always comply with all applicable laws, including in Switzerland,” said team representative Alessandro Alluni Bravi. “And of course we took all measures to comply with them.”

Mercedes signs Climate Pledge

The Mercedes F1 team has signed up to The Climate Pledge, which has the goal of encouraging companies to reduce their carbon emissions to net zero by 2040. It is the first F1 team to do so.

“As a team, we are progressing on our journey to meet our target of race team controlled net zero in 2030,” said team principal and co-owner Toto Wolff. “Having assessed our full supply chain emissions last year, we are developing science based target initiative-aligned near term and net zero targets for those emissions, and our commitment to The Climate Pledge confirms our intent to achieve net zero across all scopes by 2040.”

Rossi’s McLaren IndyCar livery revealed

Alexander Rossi’s McLaren IndyCar livery, 2024

McLaren has presented the new livery Alexander Rossi will run in the upcoming IndyCar season. It bears similarities to the design its former driver Felix Rosenqvist used at last year’s Indianapolis 500, which was a tribute to Alain Prost’s 1984 Monaco Grand Prix-winning car.

Alexander Rossi's McLaren IndyCar livery, 2024
Alexander Rossi’s McLaren IndyCar livery, 2024

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Boschung retires

Long-standing Formula 2 driver Ralph Boschung has announced his retirement after spending seven years in the series. He started 120 races in that time and scored his only victory in the sprint race in Bahrain last year, where he started from pole position in the partially-reversed grid race. Boschung had to contend with medical complications after being diagnosed with facet syndrome, which causes spinal…

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