Formula 1 poised to unveil new logo at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Formula 1 is poised to reveal a new logo at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where it will be also be displayed on the podium

Formula 1 poised to unveil new logo at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

F1's current logo is one of the most recognisable in the world, with red and black lettering spaced apart to reveal a white '1' in between.

Several new logos have been registered at the European Union Intellectual Property Office, with one set to be used from the start of 2018.

It is understood a sneak peak of the logo will be revealed after the Abu Dhabi season finale, potentially featuring on the podium and on the rose water bottles that the drivers will spray after the race.

F1 chairman Chase Carey told Sky on Friday in Abu Dhabi that he hoped the change of logo would help show the new 'energy' that owner Liberty Media are bringing to the sport.

However, he was aware of the fan backlash there has been on social media recently when it emerged that the old F1 logo could be ditched.

"Any time you change you are always going to get a mixed set of views," he said.

"What we wanted to do was provide a fresh energy to the sport, and we have a lot of plans for the future and a lot of things we want to do.

"We thought the logo was a good way to emphasise the excitement and a fresh energy to take the sport to a new place.

"That's respecting where the sport has been, we are not looking to change the sport, we are looking to provide a fresh innovation and energy to a sport that is great.

"We think we can enhance it and better it, to allow fans to engage in ways they maybe haven't had the opportunity to in the past around events that truly are the spectacle they should be."

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