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Ferrari settle on 2011 car name after dispute with Ford

Fernando Alonso drives the Italian tema's 2011 Formula 1 racing car
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso finished second in the 2010 championship

Ferrari have finally come up with a name for their 2011 Formula 1 racing car following a trademark dispute with American car manufacturer Ford.

Originally called the F150, Ferrari renamed the car the F150th Italia after Ford dropped a lawsuit, before settling on Ferrari 150° Italia on Friday.

In choosing the 2011 car's name, the Italian team had wanted to pay tribute to Italy's unification in 1861.

The Formula 1 season starts in Australia on 27 March.

Ford had accused Ferrari of infringing its trademark for the F-150 truck.

"In order to avoid the slightest risk of anyone confusing a Formula One car with a pick-up truck... the men from Maranello have decided that the car will lose the F that precedes the number 150 and which stands for Ferrari," the Italian team said in a tongue-in-cheek posting on its website's 'Horse Whisperer' column.

"It appears that this could have caused so much confusion in the minds of the consumer across the Pond that, at the same time as losing the F, the name will be completely Italianised, replacing the English "th" with the equivalent Italian symbol."

Ferrari drivers Brazilian Felipe Massa and Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who finished second in last season's championship, have looked quick and reliable in the three tests so far this year in Spain.

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