Lawrence EdmondsonF1 Editor2 minute reading
The Ferrari F1 team will pay tribute to the company’s success at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours with a special livery on its cars at the Italian Grand Prix.
Just like it celebrated its 75th anniversary last year, Ferrari will have yellow on its engine cover this year.
This year’s design is inspired by the livery that ran on the Ferrari 499P hypercar that won this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours race.
„The SF-23 livery will pay tribute to the world’s most famous endurance race-winning 499P, in the form of yellow „V” stripes running down the sides of the hypercar, featured on the nose and engine cover,” said a press release.
„Both cars already have Rosso Le Mans red in common, with the Formula One car having a matte finish and the endurance racer having a gloss finish.
„Race numbers – 16 and 55 – will be yellow.”
Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz will wear one-off racing suits for the event with yellow detailing and special racing helmets.
Ferrari rarely used yellow in its liveries, as the team traditionally raced in Italy’s national racing color red.
However, when Enzo Ferrari designed the company’s Prancing Horse logo, he wrote, „Cavallino remained black. I added a canary yellow background, the color of Modena.”
All-yellow Ferraris have raced in F1 before, albeit in private hands rather than a factory team. In 1961, Belgian Olivier Gentebien led briefly in his home race in the yellow 156 „Sharknose”, but was beaten to the checkered flag by three red factory Ferraris and eventually finished fourth.
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