Ferrari and its customer teams, Haas and Sauber will be carrying black stripes on their cars to pay tribute to the Italian team’s late boss, Sergio Marchionne, who passed away yesterday.
The Italian’s death was sudden, as he slipped into a coma earlier this week and died due to complications from his shoulder surgery.
Marchionne’s funeral will be held and Ferrari have stated that it will be an event which will be attended by family and close friends, not open to the public.
The ex-Ferrari boss was instrumental in tying up the deal with Haas to supply them with engines, which has turned out to be hugely successful for the American team.
Haas’ boss, Guenther Steiner, thought very highly of him. “First of all my condolences to the family of Mr Marchionne. He was a great supporter of Formula 1. He was always there for us when we needed him”, he said.
“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”
“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.”
Marchionne was known to be strong figure for Ferrari, managing at the helm with an iron hand. He remained with them through thick and thin, while also being the head of Fiat and Chrysler.
He is credited with making them profitable, even steering Chrysler to positive cash flows within two years, with a similar timeline for Fiat.
Meanwhile, Ferrari maybe looking at some more changes within their team, as their driver line-up is still undecided for next season. It seems to be a straight shoot-out between Raikkonen and Leclerc for the second seat alongside Vettel.
But recent reports have stated that former driver, Fernando Alonso, could also be eyeing it as a final frontier before calling it quits.