Ferrari is offering its fans the chance to name its 2014 Formula One car, via a fan vote on the Internet, which could be perilous. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo announced the news at the company’s annual pre-Christmas dinner with Italian media at Fiorano.
Recently, the Ferrari nomenclature has been a simple F-year, F2012 being the most recent. But there have been exceptions. In 2009, the F60 was named as such to celebrate Ferrari’s 60th year in F1. In 2011, the Ferrari 150O Italia was named for 150 years since Italy’s unification although it endured a legal battle with Ford over its original F150 name. Most recently, this year’s chassis, the F138, was named to denote the year 2013 and the last season of V8 engines.
Considering some of the things that are popular on the Internet, it could be disconcerting to think of the possibilities for the F-whatever the name is called. But for now, we’ll just believe that Ferrari fans are sensible and smart enough about Formula One history that they can come up with something memorable in a good way.
INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.
Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.
It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.
Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)