Ferrari deny 2017 car will be named after Bianchi

Published on 27 Jan 2017 11:18

Ferrari have denied that the name of their 2017 challenger will be named after the late Jules Bianchi. Santander, a sponsor of the Italian team, tweeted a photo which suggested the name off the car would be the SF17-JB, with the 'JB' referring to Bianchi.

17 was also the race number that Bianchi carried at the time of his accident at the Japanese Grand Prix in 2014. However, Santander quickly deleted the tweet and apologised, but not before it was captured and sent whirling through the F1 community.

Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport contacted Ferrari to get a statement on the matter, with one spokesperson saying: "The news is without foundation.

"The most appropriate and elegant way to remember Jules is doing what was done in Nice, with the dedication of a street in his name."

Bianchi was part of the Ferrari driver academy and it was revealed shortly after his death that the team were planning to promote him in place of Kimi Raikkonen in the near future.


Fergal Walsh

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GB f1fan0101 27 Jan 2017 15:060
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I really hope they name it after him, it would be a lovely tribute

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