Scuderia Ferrari will be using a Burgundy livery for their 1000th race in Formula 1 history at the Tuscan Grand Prix.
The team used to use Burgundy for the race liveries during the early days of their history, so will be going back to their roots for the weekend at Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello. Ferrari also annouced that both drivers Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel will also be wearing a special race suits in the colour.
The Italian team will be hoping that the second of their home races is more successful than Monza last weekend. Both drivers had to unfortunately retire their cars due to racing incidents, leaving the team walking away with no points.
Piero Ferrari: “Even the look of the race numbers on Charles’ and Sebastian’s cars will reflect the tradition of the past”
Piero Ferrari, the Vice Chairman of Ferrari, wanted to mark the ‘important milestone’ in a special way at Mugello, and opting to run a ‘unique livery’ on both cars was chosen to honour its history.
“Scuderia Ferrari’s 1000th Grand Prix is a very important milestone, therefore it had to be marked in a special way. That’s why we decided to run a unique livery on the cars for this event, with the SF1000s taking to the track at the Mugello Circuit in the Burgundy colour first seen on the 125 S, the first racing car to carry the Ferrari name.” Said Piero Ferrari.
“Even the look of the race numbers on Charles’ and Sebastian’s cars will reflect the tradition of the past, giving the impression of being hand painted onto the bodywork, while the drivers’ race suits will also match the car colour.
“It’s a tribute to our origins: to our starting point for the amazing Ferrari story, characterised by an endless desire to compete, alongside the will to build road cars that are exceptional in terms of technology and design. Ferrari is unique in the world, because the company has the soul of a car manufacturer and of a racing team, an inseparable link that is never questioned.
“Only a few months ago, no one could have imagined that our thousandth race could take place at our own Mugello circuit. I am pleased that in the Grand Prix official name, Formula 1 chose to pay tribute to Ferrari, the only team that has always been present in the sport’s seventy one year history.”
Sebastian Vettel: “It will be even more of a pleasure to celebrate this anniversary at the Mugello Circuit”
Vettel is looking forward to Mugello and the fact that spectators will be allowed into the grandstands for a race, for the first time this year.
The German, who will leave Ferrari at the end of 2020 to join Aston Martin Racing, says it is an ‘honour’ to drive for the Scuderia in their 1000th event, and he hopes for a stronger weekend at Mugello than he had at either Spa-Francorchamps or the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
Vettel said: “It’s a great honour to be driving a Ferrari in what is the 1000th Grand Prix for this, the longest serving of all Formula 1 teams. It will be even more of a pleasure to celebrate this anniversary at the Mugello Circuit and also because, for the first time this season, a few spectators will be allowed into the grandstands.
“It is a very nice and super technical track with changes of gradient and very demanding corners. The track should better suit our car, so let’s hope we can deliver something to please the tifosi, both at home and at the circuit.”
Charles Leclerc: “I can’t wait to be on track at Mugello with Ferrari”
With the track not being as fast as the previous to races at Monza and Spa-Francorchamps, Charles Leclerc hopes to pick up some championship points with the car being more suited to Mugello.
The Monegasque failed to score points at either event and qualified a lowly thirteenth in both, with Leclerc crashing out at Monza whilst running inside the top six following a lucky break thanks to the safety car.
“I can’t wait to be on track at Mugello with Ferrari. The circuit is really beautiful and on top of that, we are celebrating our team’s 1000th GP in Formula 1. I’m also pleased to learn there will be a few thousand fans in the grandstands,” said Leclerc.
“The track has a very long straight, but it’s not super fast like the past two we raced on and so it should be a bit better suited to our car. It will be important to make the most of the track time available, as we have no data from which to start. We hope to put on a show for the people at home and those in the stands and also get back to picking up some good championship points.”