• Jan 24, 2010
Ferrari's 2010 Formula One car won't be officially revealed by the team until January 28, but a quick preview of the new car's livery was provided by Fernando Alonso during a test at Circuit Paul Ricard. Spanish bank Santander, which followed Alonso from McLaren to Renault to Ferrari, is making the most of its time with the most famous marque in motorsports.

The Santander logo has replaced the bar code graphic that adorned the airbox and rear wing last year, the Shell logos on the front wings, and the Ferrari shields on the bodywork behind the front wheels. Combined with the new Ferrari overalls, no one will be able to forget who's bringing the cash to the scuderia. Stay tuned Thursday for the final cut, and if you want more, you can watch McLaren's car unveiled live on the Internet on Friday.

[Source: World Car Fans | Image credit: Banco Santander]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      too much white for my tastes :/
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should have stuck with all red (considering white text on red are Santander's official corporate colours anyways), or brought back the black wings. The white looks bad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i thought these guys were leaving F1??????????
        • 4 Years Ago
        is that a compliment or are you just being sarcastic cause i don't really watch f1 but from what ive heard i thought they were leaving F1 based on a engine rule they didn't like or something
        • 4 Years Ago
        You and SeaUrchin should be America's F1 commentary team this season.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Speed,

        The legacy manufacturers were threatening to leave based on the requirement to cut costs from hundreds of millions/year to tens of millions. Over time, I've noticed that a lot of threats in F1 are empty ones; they always end up mending something together whether it makes sense or not. Bernie Ecclestone is notorious for opening his mouth to controversial topics, just to bring drama, excitement, and curiosity to F1. Hopefully, when BE is gone F1 will be more about the racing than politics, sponsors, and price tags.
      • 4 Years Ago
      THERE IS A TESTING BAN HOW IS THIS TAKING PLACE?
        • 4 Years Ago
        While you are correct, This chasis is the 2009 contender (see article). It was painted in the 2010 livery.

        Which begs to question if this is really the new livery or not. I dont see why they would release it before the rest of the car itself. I could very well be wrong though.

        CAPS is not your friend.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually this wasn't a test, per se. Ferrari & Santander asked for permission from the FIA to allow photos to be taken with the new Santander livery for marketing purposes. Alonso had limited time on track in the car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, they use slicks, as do all other road racing cars, for maximum
      grip. They also have rain and intermediate tires with a tread to
      channel away water depending upon conditions.

      This has differed from the past as F1 used to use grooved tires as
      was prescribed by the rules in years previously.

      On another note, it looks ok. I had grown fond of last year's livery with less white. But money talks. I am more anxious to see what these cars are going to look like given the new rules.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah I also like the all red look better but this looks somewhat similar to the days of the Vodaphone sponsorship even though the red color has changed. So it's not that bad at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why are F1 wheels so smooth? Don't they need to grip the track.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nascar tires are the same way, as are IRL car and even go carts. Not only do they take advantage of the "slick" surface area principle, but they also use sticky rubber compounds that wear out fast, but stick like glue.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe they should add groves to them?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Those tires are smooth, but they have probably 4 different variations for different track conditions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Didn't you attend physics class? Greater surface area creates more grip (at least on dry tarmac)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tires grip the track, not the wheels. No wonder no one takes you seriously.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's interesting to see Satander make a jump from McLaren/Mercedes to Ferrari.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, we'll be seeing Santander on the Ferrari and the McLaren this year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was wondering the same, doesn't Marlboro have some exclusive multi-million dollar "sponsorship" package or did they finally let it lapse?
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