The Renault F1 team will be sporting new logos on the nose and turning vanes of its two R30 cars this weekend, with the Bank of Moscow adorning the yellow-and-back cars in Abu Dhabi.

On the surface, the perceived arrival of more Russian logos might be seen as a further boost to Vitaly Petrov’s prospects of retaining his seat next year.

The bank is partially owned by the Russian government, in addition to energy company Mosenergo, oil companies Surgutneftegaz and Lukoil and investment banks Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs.

But the arrival of the Bank of Moscow logos is purely down to the anti-alcohol advertising laws in Abu Dhabi, which means that Renault’s sponsor Flagman – of which the Bank of Moscow is a holding company – won’t be seen on the cars this weekend.

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