We’ll just have to agree to disagree about this – of the week; the Aston Martin Rapide
You lot mostly seem to hate the new Aston Rapide, which is a shame because, despite its spacial flaws, it’s actually one of the most surprising cars we’ve driven this year. And that’s surprising as in; an awful lot better than we were expecting.
Ah well, there’s no accounting for preconceived, uninformed, gloriously single-minded opinion I suppose. It’s what makes the internet go round, after all.
Autocar's Aston Martin Rapide road test
Slipperiest customer of the week; Ferrari
A report in The Times last week claimed that leading health officials had called on British and Spanish governments to investigate the extent of Marlboro's involvement with Ferrari, how prominent the Marlboro-mimicking 'barcode' logo was on Ferrari's cars, and whether the barcode was a form of subliminal tobacco advertising.
This is what Ferrari stated on its website following the article: "These reports are based on two suppositions. That part of the graphics featured on the Formula 1 cars are reminiscent of the Marlboro logo and even that the red colour, which is a traditional feature of our cars, is a form of tobacco publicity.
"Neither of these arguments have any scientific basis, as they rely on some alleged studies which have never been published in academic journals. But more importantly, they do not correspond to the truth.
"The so called barcode is an integral part of the livery of the car and of all images coordinated by the Scuderia, as can be seen from the fact it is modified every year and, occasionally, even during the season. Furthermore, if it was a case of advertising branding, Philip Morris would have to own a legal copyright on it."
So, to translate that into something that makes sense, Ferrari is claiming that the barcode graphic on its F1 cars has absolutely nothing to do with fag advertising, subliminal or otherwise. And even if it did, it would be Philip Morris’ problem, not Ferraris.
Presumably then, the fact that the team itself is officially called the 'Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro' also has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the promotion of tobacco; it’s just a pure coincidence that the word Marlboro appears in the team title while at the same time several squillion pounds also appear in Ferrari’s coffers each year courtesy of Philip Morris.
And shame on any one who has the nerve to think otherwise. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.