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Ferrari reveals retro livery for 1000th GP, Schumacher to drive F2004

The Italian manufacturer goes back to 1950 with their livery as the German gets to drive his father's dominant car.

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Scuderia Ferrari has revealed a special retro livery for this weekend's Tuscan GP which will be its 1000th F1 GP at Mugello.

As was reported at the start of the weekend, Ferrari has now revealed a retro livery for the Tuscan GP at Mugello, where they have taken up the combination used in the 1950 Monaco GP on their '125 F1' machine - which is the burgundy red shade.

In addition, both Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel will also have special race suits, as F2 title contender Mick Schumacher will drive Michael's F2004 machine on Sunday, prior to the grand prix. Ferrari will also have a special event at Florence on Saturday.

It hasn't been the F1 season they wanted but Ferrari were certain to push on with the 1000th GP celebrations as it is a monumental achievement for the Italian manufacturer. The sport celebrated its own milestone last year in Chinese GP.

Apart from the livery, Ferrari has more plans throughout the weekend which will have fans for the first time in the 2020 F1 season albeit with required health approval and social distancing. They will have a total of 2,880 each day with tickets already on sale.

"Scuderia Ferrari’s 1000th Grand Prix is a very important milestone, therefore it had to be marked in a special way," said Piero Ferrari. "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.

"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."

Meanwhile, Vettel added: "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."

And finally, Leclerc stated: "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.

"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."

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[Image courtesy: Ferrari] [Note: The story was written by me on FormulaRapida.net]

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Comments (7)

  • So, you can't polish a turd but apparently, you can re-paint them...

      12 days ago
  • The back of the grid is gonna look really nice with these bad boys this weekend.

      12 days ago
  • Hmmm

      12 days ago
  • Yeah, because a celebration of some big anniversary worked out well LAST TIME. And that was on a dominant team. Ferrari today is not that at all right now.

      12 days ago
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