New Ferrari F1 car marks Italy's 150th anniversary

ROME (Reuters) - Ferrari's 2011 Formula One car will be called the F150 to celebrate this year's 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, the team announced on Wednesday.

The car, to be raced by Spaniard Fernando Alonso and Brazilian Felipe Massa, will be unveiled at the Maranello factory on Friday before the first pre-season test in Valencia next week.

"Ferrari is an expression of Italian excellence, talent and creativity," said Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo on the team website (www.ferrari.com).

"All the men and women who put so much effort and passion into their work at Maranello share the pride and responsibility of representing our country around the world and it is in this spirit that we chose to dedicate this car to an event that is so important for the whole of Italy."

Ferrari said Italian President Giorgio Napolitano had "expressed his appreciation of the initiative."

The season starts in Bahrain on March 13.

(Writing by Alan Baldwin in London; Editing by Ken Ferris)