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Description of the Flag

The official flag is a yellow one with the black horse at the center. We are flying on the gate guardian building as many of such flags as the victories we scored this year up to now. On the other buildings there are also red flags with our shield amid, alternating the yellow one.
Concerning the other flags quoted above you can see them and others at ferrarimerchandiseshop site.
Pier Paolo Lugli, 9 October 2000

The sign with the black horse on yellow was originally the sign of a cavallry regiment, and was used by the Italian flying ace Fransesco Baracca in the First World War. Baracca was shot down and killed in 1918. Enzo Ferrari knew Baracca's father, and they decided after the war that Ferrari could use the horse as a mark on the cars of his racing team. It was used for the first time at the 24 hour race at Spa in 1932. When Ferrari started to build his own cars, the sign with the horse of course followed. The sign is used in a shield form on racing cars and in a rectangular form on cars sold to the public; above the horse is a chief (to use a heraldic term) horizontaly divided in the colours of the Italian flag - green, white and red - and to each side of the horse in the lower part is often the letters S and F, for Scuderia Ferrari, the name of Enzo Ferrari's racing team.
(I got most of this information from a Swedish book series on cars published in the 1980's, called Cars Collection.)
Elias Granqvist, 8 January 2001

There is a portrait of Jean Todt, head of Ferrari´s formula 1 racing team, on Eurosport tonight. Todt shows Ferrari flags outside the Ferrari office. Each year they put up one flag for every race won, and this year, it has been a bit difficult for them to have room for all the flags, since they won so many races. The flags were hanging down because of lack of wind, but as far as I could see the flags were of the kind we have on our site, all yellow with the black horse.
Elias Granqvist, 14 December 2002

Fan flags

1) image by Theodore Leverett, 9 October 2000

2) image by Theodore Leverett, 9 October 2000

3) image by Theodore Leverett, 9 October 2000

4) image by André Serranho, 12 December 2000

In footage of the celebrations for Michael Schumacher's clinching of the Formula One championship for Ferrari (first for that company in 21 years) by winning the Japanese Grand Prix, I saw several types of flag being waved:
1) plain red flag with the Ferrari prancing horse badge in the center;
2) same as (1), with two rows of alternating black and white squares (checkered flag pattern) along the hoist;
3) same as (1), with checkered flag pattern along the upper and lower edges of the flag.
Some of the celebrants at Maranello, Italy, home of Ferrari, were also waving Italian flags.
Theodore Leverett, 9 October 2000

Near Ovelgönne (Kreis Wesermarsch, Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Germany), I "sailed" on ferry with a Ferrari flag, with a double blocked border and the name above the shield. This may have been alternative 4 above.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 28 August 2001

5) image by Tomislav Todorovic, 4 June 2023

A flag similar to the one listed under number (4), but with two rows of alternating black and white squares along all edges, was used by some fans from Belgrade, Serbia during the protests 1996-97 against the election steal performed by Milosevic regime as the imposed repeating of local elections wherever the opposition had won, in order to force the desirable results. The flag owner and his friends had intended to use the flag as a rallying point of their own, but it quickly attracted media attention and, after the protesters were accused of "waving the foreign flags" by the pro-regime media, inspired the subsequent use of numerous foreign flags, all in accordance with the protests' motto "Belgrade is the world" (Beograd je svet). The flag was used again during several pro-democracy protests in the 2000s and 2010s, as well as during the ongoing protests against the increasing violence in the society and its promotion by the pro-regime media, which were triggered by two mass murders which took place in Belgrade and Mladenovac in May this year. This last reappearance of the flag has attracted a great media attention, reminiscing its original use.

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Tomislav Todorovic, 4 June 2023