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Now Slurpee gives you wings // A new sponsor debuts on the Toro Rosso

Published by Mr. C

7-Eleven branding on an RBR rear end plate

As Carlos pointed out during live commenting earlier today, Red Bull Racing have taken on an almost Indycar-esque look this weekend, as they've deigned to run 7-Eleven branding on the rear end-plates of both of their cars.

In an uncharacteristic move the green and white logos have bumped the more traditional Red Bull Cola logos, leaving the recently introduced beverage with just the bargeboards as a promotional outlet. F1 Wolf also noted that RBR employed a similar marketing ploy during the race in Fuji last year, although you'd have done well to pick them out through the spray.

What is more unusual however, is seeing Toro Rosso carrying commercial sponsorship. They too are running with convenience store logo's on their end-plates, this time in the form of Lawson Station.

Lawson Station branding on a Toro Rosso rear end plate

Lawson Station are in fact the second largest chain of convenience stores in Japan, behind only 7-Eleven. The two companies are competitors, and Red Bull are clearly playing a marketing blinder in this instance. The weather playing ball thus far is no doubt helping them too.

I do wonder if STR's debut into the grown up world of commercialisation has anything to do with Mateschitz's renewed interest in the sister team, and correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this the first time Berger's boys have run any such bodywork sponsorship since their inception in '06?




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  • What a spot ! that lawson is unlike 7-11 everywhere in china so we can expect str running the same in shanghai too . But no 7-11 for rbr in shanghai I think :-)

  • lawson is possibly the most un-japanese sounding name, ever.

    and 7-11 i would expect to see in canada.

    strange that sponsers would only want 1/2 races.

  • strange that sponsers would only want 1/2 races.

    They could have been given the space for free in return for Red Bull receiving more prominent shelf space.

    Similar deals between retailers and product suppliers are quite common. For example, K Mart (Newman/Haas) and Target (Ganassi) would sell associate sponsor rights on cars to companies such as Dirt Devil and Coca-Cola. In return, they would see their products displayed more prominently in-store. So this could be a reverse of that arrangement.

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  • lawson is possibly the most un-japanese sounding name, ever.

    an odd logo too, wouldn't you say?

    7-11 i would expect to see in canada.

    7-eleven are owned by a japanese company, so their appearance this weekend makes a lot of sense:

    http://tinyurl.com/7elevenholdings

    For example, K Mart (Newman/Haas) and Target (Ganassi) would sell associate sponsor rights on cars to companies such as Dirt Devil and Coca-Cola. In return, they would see their products displayed more prominently in-store. So this could be a reverse of that arrangement.

    ahh, interesting. hadn't considered that.

  • They could have been given the space for free in return for Red Bull receiving more prominent shelf space.

    Exactly my first thought on hearing this. There is a far bigger deal in the background and this on car advertising is just a minor part of it.

  • 7-eleven are owned by a japanese company, so their appearance this weekend makes a lot of sense:

    http://tinyurl.com/7elevenholdings

    ah ok, fair enough then

    an odd logo too, wouldn’t you say?

    looks like a whiskey bottle

  • anyone else think that str sticker looks ready to peel off?

    it's almost unintentionally 3-dimensional. whereas the 7-eleven logo looks like it's baked into the carbon fibre.

  • looks like a whiskey bottle

    i was thinking milk churn.

  • i was thinking milk churn.

    yeah

    anyone else think that str sticker looks ready to peel off?

    looks like someone said, 'ehh, smack it on and itll dee'.

  • lawson is possibly the most un-japanese sounding name, ever.

    Japanese LOVE un-japanese sounding names. F1 has lots of them: Super Aguri, Leyton House, Footwork, and so on.

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