Blacks stripes as a tribute to the late Marchionne
Ferrari and its Formula 1 customer teams Haas and Sauber will run black stripes on their cars during the Hungarian Grand Prix in tribute to Sergio Marchionne.
The ex-Ferrari chairman and CEO died at the age of 66 on 25th July 2018. He attended last year’s race at the Hungaroring at which Ferrari locked out the front of the grid and finished first and second.
Marchionne had been very instrumental in Ferrari’s Formula One success over the years and was a big supporter of the sport himself.
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner paid tribute to Marchionne, who he said had been supportive of his team since it came into F1 two years ago.
“First of all my condolences to the family of Mr Marchionne,” said Steiner. “He was a great supporter of Formula 1. He was always there for us when we needed him. He was a great guy for the whole industry and it’s sad his passing.
“Everybody wants to [do well this weekend] because he was a big factor of this sport,” Steiner added. “Even if he was not seen because he was not a public man, he was behind the scenes. He was a big guy in the sport.”
The precise details of the tributes the six cars will carry is yet to be decided. Ferrari will be thinking of the best possible result at Hungary as the power unit of the team is one of the best in Formula One today and Vettel will be looking to defend his win at the Hungaroring after a disappointing German Grand Prix.