This Wednesday will be auctioned one of the most iconic Ferraris of Michael Schumacher. The company Sotheby’s will make available to those interested the single-seater on which the legend of the Formula 1 won the world championship in 2003.
The F2003-GA, Chassis 229 is estimated to reach between USD 7.6 million and 9.6 million when it is offered during what was billed as “The Luxury Sales Week” to be held in Geneva. It is “one of the most important Formula 1 cars of all time”, noted one of the auctioneers in the announcement of the event.
Schumacher he raced in this car nine times: he won five Grands Prix in the 2003 season and drove it when he took the title in Japan. “It is one of the Ferraris with the most victories in the history of the manufacturer, so it is a very important car in the history of motorsport.said to the AFP Vincent Luzuy, from the branch of Sotheby’s which deals with luxury car sales.
Designed by Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn, the F2003-GA featured a longer wheelbase to improve aerodynamics. It was introduced at the Spanish Grand Prix, the fifth race of the 2003 season. Chassis 229 is by far the most successful of the six F2003-GAs that were built.
Schumacher led him to victory in Spain and with him also he won the Grand Prix of Austria, Canada, Italy and the United States. In addition, he got the pole position in Spain, Austria and Italy and the fastest laps in Austria, Italy and the United States.
The car took the German to his sixth World titlethanks to which he was able to surpass the five won by Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1950s. He also helped Ferrari win the 13th constructors’ championship, the Italian team’s fifth in a row.
“It is a real pleasure to drive it”, recognized the son of the F1 driver from Schumacher, Mike, after giving the car a lap around the Ferrari Fiorano circuit. “That’s when cars sounded best, drove best,” he said, citing the three-liter V-10 engine.
Luzuy explained that there are many interested collectors because these cars of F1 are rare on the market: “In 2017 we sold a car from the 2001 season also driven by Schumacher. At the time we estimated the car at $3.5 million and it ultimately sold for $7.5 million, so it shows that there is still a special interest in these cars. especially those with such a history.”
Sotheby’s Geneva Luxury Week kicked off on Friday, featuring a variety of designer jewelry, watches and handbags. Jewelry enthusiasts can try their hand at an elegant vivid blue cushion-shaped diamond weighing 5.53 carats, which is estimated at $12-17 million. It is part of the De Beers Exceptional Blue Collection, a group of eight rare and elegant blue diamonds with a total value of more than USD 70 million, which are sold in Geneva, New York and Hong Kong.
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