Ferrari has revealed the special livery it will run during this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, paying homage to its victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours earlier this year.
After sporting a unique livery to celebrate its 75th anniversary at last season’s race in Monza, the Italian marque has again unveiled images of a special one-off design.
The livery has been designed to pay tribute to the 499P Hypercar that was driven to a historic victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours by James Calado, Antonio Giovinazzi and Alessandro Pier Guidi in June.
The SF-23 will feature the yellow “V” stripes seen on the Hypercar on both its front nose and engine cover, while the base of the car will retain its traditional “Rosso” red.
Meanwhile, the race numbers of both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz – 16 and 55 – will also be displayed in yellow, compared to the usual white.
Ferrari released images yesterday of the special race suits its drivers will adorn, with Leclerc and Sainz set to field unique helmet designs: “mainly yellow for the Monegasque and black for the Spaniard” the team announced in a press release.
Yellow has traditionally been recognised as Ferrari’s secondary colour, with it featuring heavily in the background of its emblem.
With the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix having been called off at the start of the year due to excessive flooding in the region, Monza represents Ferrari’s sole home grand prix on the 2023 Formula 1 calendar.
The Maranello squad have not taken victory on home soil since Leclerc converted pole position into the win in 2019. Prior to that, Ferrari’s last victory at Monza came in 2010 when Fernando Alonso was dressed in red.
Neither Ferrari driver has stood on the top step of the podium so far in 2023, with the Scuderia languishing a disappointing fourth in the Constructors’ Championship with only three podium finishes to its name.