Ferrari will be the first F1 team to compete in 1,000 rounds of the World Championship on Sunday and will honor the landmark with a retro car paint job.
Autosport assumes that the Ferrari SF1000s driven by Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc will be painted a darker shade of red for the Mugello weekend, matching the design used by Ferrari in 1950.
It’s a flashback designed to honor Ferrari’s F1 world championship debut at the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix, which saw three Ferrari 125s competed in the second race of the season.
Alberto Ascari finished second in the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix, marking Ferrari’s first F1 podium. Raymond Sommer crossed the finish line in fourth, Luigi Villoresi was eliminated.
The move comes as part of the wider celebrations for Ferrari’s 1,000th race to mark the opening of the Tuscan Grand Prix, which was added to the calendar in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ferrari holds the title sponsorship for the race at Mugello, a circuit that it owns, and will have some of its fan club members in the stands as the first Grand Prix with spectators since the virus outbreak.
The team will arrive at Mugello to recover from a difficult Italian Grand Prix at Monza, where both Leclerc and Vettel gave up in the first half of the race.
Vettel was sidelined early on by a braking problem, while Leclerc retired in Parabolica in sixth at high speed and caused a red flag.
Ferrari will analyze Leclerc’s chassis in the coming days to decide whether it needs to be replaced or repaired.
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto described the double DNF as the “worst end to a difficult weekend” after failing to qualify in the top 10 for the first time in 36 years at Monza.
“Qualifying was already very difficult, [but] Not finishing the race is even worse, especially with Seb I would say it’s the reliability problem, “said Binotto.
“But I think we have to turn the page and look forward to make sure this is all a lesson to us and I think we have to look forward to making progress.
“Next week we have Mugello, this is an important date, the 1,000th Grand Prix, so we will try to be as prepared as possible for the weekend.”
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