On the eve of the Las Vegas Grand Prix, Ferrari have unveiled a striking livery that will be used throughout the penultimate round of the 2023 F1 season.
The Scuderia and its drivers are all set to sport special colours for Formula 1’s long awaited return to Las Vegas in the United States. It’s been 41 years since the last time the largest city in the state of Nevada hosted a Grand Prix, held on a track in the car park of the famous Caesars Palace. Back in 1982, the Formula 1 calendar already featured three rounds in the United States, as is the case this year, confirming the recent surge in popularity for the sport, the boom down to the work of Liberty Media, the championship’s commercial rights holder and the hugely successful Netflix series, Drive to Survive.
The result is a second golden age in the United States which, along with the well established race in Austin, saw Miami added to the calendar in 2022 and this year, Las Vegas will stage the very first night race in the United States, starting on Saturday 18 November at 22 local (7 CET).
During America’s first golden age of Formula 1, Ferrari enjoyed some of the most memorable moments of its history, with Niki Lauda winning two world titles, in 1975 and 1977, with a victory at Watkins Glen in 1975. Clay Regazzoni added to the tally, winning at Long Beach in 1976 while Carlos Reutemann triumphed at Watkins Glen in 1978. In 1979, Gilles Villeneuve scored an American double with wins in Long Beach and Watkins Glen in the now legendary 312 T4.
In those days, there was a lot of white alongside the red in the Ferrari livery and this year, for the return to Las Vegas, the Scuderia decided to reprise it, producing an entirely red and white-only livery for the SF-23. Moreover, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz will have new team kit with their helmets set to follow the theme with predominantly red and white colours, which is also the case with the special race suits.
WHITE. REAR. WING. 👀⏳ pic.twitter.com/7ZVNKcfSVW— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) November 9, 2023