Santander ends F1 deals in favour of Champions League tie-in

Formula 1 has lost a major blue-chip sponsor as Spanish financial giant Banco Santander has confirmed that it will end its agreement with Scuderia Ferrari after eight seasons.

Santander ends F1 deals in favour of Champions League tie-in

Santander, which has announced a three-year deal to back the UEFA Champions League, will also end its association with the F1 organisation.

That has included taking the title sponsorship of several races over the years, including the British GP from 2007 to 2014, and the Spanish GP from 2011 to 2013.

The company's relationship with Ferrari began in 2010, when Fernando Alonso joined the team.

Santander has also enjoyed a long association with McLaren, starting in 2007, also when Alonso arrived.

However, in recent seasons, the Woking team's deal was only with Santander UK plc, and was a relatively minor one that was closely linked to Jenson Button's involvement, with no branding on the actual cars.

Confirmation that such a big name is leaving the sport will come as a blow to F1 owners Liberty on the same day that Alfa Romeo announced that it is stepping up its involvement from small stickers on the Ferraris to full title sponsorship of Sauber.

In a statement, Santander said that at the end of 2017 it "will conclude its successful sponsorship of the Formula 1 racing team, Scuderia Ferrari, which it has supported for the last eight seasons.

"The bank will also conclude its corporate sponsorship agreements with F1 which have helped increase Santander's brand recognition around the world over the last 11 years."

 

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