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Formula 1: world champions in the hammer


AUCTION – In the coming weeks, a Ferrari by Michael Schumacher and a Lotus by Mario Andretti will be put up for sale.

Should we see this as an effect of the renewed interest in the discipline or a consequence of the craze for historic F1 races?

Or is it the sign of interest from a new generation of collectors?

Still, auction houses are increasingly offering old Formula 1 cars for sale.

Whether in the context of public sales or private sales.

Proof that single-seaters are on the rise: at the end of 2022, RM Sotheby's sold for 14,600,000 Swiss francs (14,782,000 euros) one of the Ferrari F2003-GAs which enabled Michael Schumacher to win the title in 2003. Its record price is explained by its gold prize list but also by the symbolism of its appellation.

The initials GA referred to Gianni Agnelli who died at the beginning of 2003. At the wheel of this single-seater,

the six-time F1 world champion had won five grands prix: Spain, Australia, Canada, Italy and the United States.

This chassis (#229) played a key role in securing the German's sixth title.

Ferrari world champion in 2000

Ferrari F1-2000.

©2023 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

At the beginning of April, online auctions from April 3 to 12, RM Sotheby's is going to auction another monument in the history of Ferrari: an F1-2000 (chassis #198).

She contributed to Schumacher's first world championship title with Scuderia Ferrari.

At the wheel of this car, he won the Brazilian Grand Prix and took pole position in Monaco.

At the end of its sporting career, the F1-2000 was displayed on the Ferrari stand at the Geneva Motor Show.

In 2005, it was sold to Texan collector Kevin Crowder who took it to the F1 Clienti events organized by the Italian brand.

Lotus 79 season 1978. Bonhams

At Bonhams, the headliner of its sale organized on November 24, on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, is none other than the Lotus with Cosworth Type 79 engine - chassis number 79/4 - at the wheel of which Mario Andretti wins the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort and finishes sixth in the sad Italian Grand Prix at Monza, synonymous with the world title.

We remember that a pileup at the start led to the death of Ronnie Peterson, the American's teammate at Lotus.

The Lotus79, which has kept its black and gold livery, is estimated between 6,500,000 and 9,500,000 dollars.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2023-03-27

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