Scuderia Ferrari, the legendary Italian racing team, has recently unveiled a striking new look for its SF-23 Formula 1 car, a design that pays homage to its rich history in American Formula 1. This special, one-time livery is set to grace the upcoming Las Vegas Grand Prix and is inspired by the iconic American-themed F1 cars of the past.
The transformation of the SF-23’s appearance includes prominent features like a pristine white rear wing, a white circular number board, and eye-catching accents on the engine cover. These changes mark a departure from Ferrari’s traditional all-red livery and represent a significant nod to their American racing heritage.
Achieving this radical change in livery required Scuderia Ferrari to secure the approval of all their sponsor partners, underlining the significance of this tribute. The new look won’t be confined to just the car itself; it will also adorn the racing overalls of Scuderia Ferrari’s drivers, Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, making it a truly immersive experience for fans.
Ferrari’s history in the United States is studded with iconic moments, notably during their dominant period in the 1970s. The red-and-white theme of the SF-23’s livery harks back to the Ferrari 312B, the very car that racing legend Mario Andretti piloted to his first Formula 1 victory at the South African Grand Prix in 1971. During that era, white was a prominent color on Ferrari’s cars, with the white extending beyond just the rear wing to the engine cover. This distinctive color scheme was often paired with the green and red of the Italian National Flag, creating a visually captivating look on the track.
The trend of incorporating white into their livery took a hiatus after 1978 but resurfaced briefly in 1993. However, after a challenging season with the F93A car driven by Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi, Ferrari decided to revert to its iconic all-red theme in 1994.
The white accents made a comeback in 2016 with the SF-16H, but a tough season featuring Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel, where the team secured third place in the Constructors’ Championship, led to the removal of white from the livery once again.
As Formula 1 enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the Las Vegas Grand Prix, the return of white on the SF-23 raises questions about whether it will bring Ferrari good fortune or if the team will encounter challenges reminiscent of their recent history. Only time will tell if this nostalgic tribute to their American Formula 1 legacy will lead to success on the track.