Ferrari will display the original Prancing Horse logo at the Austrian F1 GP

As part of celebrations of the emblem’s first appearance at a motor race at Spa-Francorchamps on July 9, 1932, the decals on the cars of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz at the Red Bull Ring were swapped.

Although the iconic Ferrari logo hasn’t changed dramatically over the years, there are subtle differences between the contemporary version and the one originally released.

The original horse was less stylized, and the letters S and F, which stood for Scuderia Ferrari, were smaller and much further apart.

The Prancing Horse was originally the emblem of aviator and Italian World War I hero Francesco Baracca, whose family suggested to Enzo Ferrari that it be used as a good luck charm on his racing cars.

Recalling how the idea for the logo came about, Ferrari once explained that it was a completely chance meeting with Baracca’s parents.

“When I won my first Savio Circuit in Ravenna in 1923, I met Count Enrico Baracca and Countess Paolina, parents of the flying hero,” he wrote.

“One day the Countess said to me: ‘Ferrari, why don’t you put my son’s Prancing Horse on your cars? It will bring you good luck.’ The horse was and remains black, I added the canary yellow background, the color of the city of Modena.”

In addition to the yellow for Modena, which is close to Ferrari’s Maranello base, the Prancing Horse logo features the colors of the Italian flag at the top.

The logos first appeared on a Scuderia Ferrari entrant at the 1932 24 Hours of Spa.

They were painted on the Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 MM used by Ferrari. Thanks to the pairings of Antonio Brivio and Eugenio Siena and Piero Taruffi and Guido d’Ippolito, the team achieved a 1-2 finish

The Prancing Horse logos on Ferrari’s 488 GTE cars competing in this weekend’s Monza World Endurance Championship event will also be replaced with the original version as part of the celebrations.

#52 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO driven by Miguel Molina, Antonio Fuoco

Photo by: Paul Foster

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