Ferrari and the Navy

Ferrari and the Navy, not two entities that often go together. And if they do, my first thought would be paint color. But this little Italian naval flag below (right) is causing issue:

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali and the offending navy flag on the right

Two members of the Italian Navy’s vessel protection department are currently awaiting trial following the death of two Indian fishermen in February.

As part of a detachment serving on board oil tanker Enrica Lexie, it is alleged by Indian authorities that the two marines shot and killed the fishermen in waters off the coast of southern India, believing them to be pirates.

The incident sparked a major diplomatic row between Italy and India, the subject of which has been raised this week in light of Ferrari’s statement posted on their website.

In sporting the flag on top of the chassis the team state: “Ferrari pays tribute to one of the outstanding entities of our country, also in the hope that the Indian and Italian authorities will soon find a solution to the situation currently involving two sailors from the Italian navy.”

I hope India and Ferrari and Italy all resolve their issues. And go about their naval ways.