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Rosso corsa
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Rosso Corsa is the red international motor racing colour of cars entered by teams from Italy.

Since the 1920s, Italian race cars of Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Lancia and later Ferrari and Abarth have been painted in rosso corsa ("racing red"). This was the customary national racing colour of Italy, as recommended between the World Wars by the organisations that later would become the FIA. In that scheme of international auto racing colours, French cars were blue, British cars were green (British racing green), etc.

However, the colour was not determined by the country the car was made in, nor by the nationality of the driver(s), but by the nationality of the team that entered the vehicle. For example, a yellow Ferrari 156 was entered and driven in the 1961 Belgian Grand Prix by Olivier Gendebien from Belgium, scoring 4th behind 3 other Ferrari 156 painted in red, as they were entered by the Scuderia Ferrari itself, and driven by Americans Phil Hill and Richie Ginther as well as German Wolfgang von Trips.

These national colours were mostly replaced by commercial sponsor liveries in 1968, but unlike most other teams, Ferrari always kept the traditional red. The shade of the colour varies, though. Since 1996, the Ferrari F1 cars are painted in a brighter, day-glo almost orange "Marlboro Red," to adjust for colour balance on television screens. The original Rosso Corsa may appear almost dark brown in older television sets. The darker, more crimson or claret-like shade of red made a return on the F1 cars at the 2007 Monaco Grand Prix, possibly in line with the increasing market presence of higher quality, high definition television.

In recent years, the traditional colours have resurfaced in a few cases, eg. the green Jaguar Racing F1 cars, or the white BMW Sauber F1.

Curiously, Ferrari won the 1964 World championship with John Surtees by competing the last two races in Ferrari 158 cars painted white and blue- the national colours of the teams from the United States- as these were not entered by the Italian factory themselves, but the US-based NART team. This was done as a protest concerning arguments between Ferrari and the Italian Racing Authorities regarding the homologation of a new mid-engined Ferrari race car.

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