Ferrari’s F1 car to don 90th anniversary livery for Australian Grand Prix

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Ferrari's F1 car will wear a historic livery during this weekend's Australian Grand Prix. | Scuderia Ferrari photo
Ferrari's F1 car will wear a historic livery during this weekend's Australian Grand Prix. | Scuderia Ferrari photo

To celebrate its 90th anniversary, Ferrari will race in Sunday’s 2019 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix using a special livery. The livery will be on the new SF90 F1 car, as well as on the drivers’ race suits and some of the team’s equipment.

The famed automaker celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2017, but its race team, Scuderia Ferrari, is much older. The SF90 name of the F1 car itself is a pointer to the anniversary.

Long before he ever dreamed of building road cars, founder and namesake Enzo Ferrari established the race team and company. That was on November 16, 1929, though court approval of the company didn’t arrive until Nov. 29 of that same year.

The directors of the company were Alfredo and Augusto Caniato, Ferrari and Ferruccio Testi — fellow Italian firms Alfa Romeo and Pirelli were also involved. Ferrari had raced for Alfa Romeo several years earlier and later moved into motorsport management, with Scuderia Ferrari initially serving as the motorsport department of Alfa Romeo.

In 1932, the famous Prancing Horse logo appeared on some of the Alfa Romeo race cars. The first win for a car bearing the logo was at the 1932 24 Hours of Spa, thanks to the efforts of Antonio Brivio and Eugenio Siena behind the wheel of an Alfa Romeo 8C.

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Scuderia Ferrari wouldn’t race its first actual vehicle until May 11, 1947. The car was the 125 S, which was driven by Franco Cortese at a race held at the Piacenza Circuit.

A number of celebrations are planned to mark the 90th anniversary. This will include the launch of a special show in May at the marque’s museum in Maranello, Italy, which will highlight the race team’s motorsport history.

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