Robb Report's 21 Ultimate Gifts: One Winning Formula
Few Grand Prix fans who have traced the title’s history since its inauguration in 1950 have failed to follow the spectacular career of Michael Schumacher, arguably the most formidable driver of the past decade, who made his Grand Prix debut in Belgium in 1991 with the Formula One Jordan team. Placing third in the world in 1992, he came in fourth in 1993, before winning his first World Championship in 1994.
After a spectacular 1995 season, when Schumacher seized nine wins out of 17 Grand Prix races, he signed on with Ferrari, whose legendary racers have come to define the very spirit of Formula One. His quest: to restore the title to motor racing’s most successful team. The prize eluded him in 1997 and 1998, and in 1999, he was forced to withdraw from six consecutive events after a serious accident that resulted in a double fracture of his right leg. Then, in his fifth season with Ferrari, the highly disciplined German pro came back with a vengeance, driving the cavallino rampante to victory in Ferrari’s F1-2000.
While many Formula One fans dream of sitting in Schumacher’s seat, only one lucky Robb Report reader will literally do so: Schumacher’s F1-2000—the actual car that captured both the 1999 Constructor’s Championship and the 2000 Driver’s Championship, Ferrari’s first such title in 21 years—is offered exclusively in this year’s annual Gift Guide.
Powered by a 3-liter V-10 engine, the car (model 651, chassis No. 198) has been fully rebuilt and race prepared by the factory—complete with spare rims, all equipment to run, and a support package, including a factory-trained team that is available to operate the vehicle in either Europe or the United States.
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