Mercedes F1 team dump crypto partner

Illustration taken on February 09, 2022, shows a smartphone screen displaying the logo of FTX, the crypto exchange platform, with a screen showing the FTX website in Arlington, Virginia. Crisis-struck cryptocurrency platform FTX has gone bankrupt in the USs and its CEO Sam Bankman-Fried has resigned. (Photo: AFP)
SAO PAULO, Brazil — The Mercedes team on Friday confirmed they had suspended a sponsorship deal with crisis-hit cryptocurrency exchange FTX and had removed the company’s logos from their cars ahead of this weekend’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix. اضافة اعلان

A team spokesperson said their partnership had been suspended and all visual branding on their cars would no longer appear. FTX had been left scrambling to raise billions of dollars to avoid collapse.

FTX, seen as a key sponsor at Mercedes, filed for bankruptcy hours after the deal was suspended and now faces an investigation by American regulatory authorities into alleged misuse of customer deposits.

The firm was plunged into crisis when a proposed rescue deal with Binance, a company that sponsors Formula One rivals Alpine, collapsed.

Mercedes signed a sponsorship deal with FTX in September 2021 when they were the reigning champions.

“As a first step, we have suspended our partnership agreement with FTX,” said a Mercedes spokesperson.

“This means the company will no longer appear on our race car and other branded assets from this weekend. We will continue to monitor the situation closely as it evolves.”

The FTX logo had previously been conspicuous on the rear wing of Mercedes cars.

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