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Michael Schumacher’s First F1-Winning Ferrari Racer Is Heading to Auction

The German scored one victory and two pole positions in the F1-2000 racecar.

Michael Schumacher Ferrari F1-2000 Racecar RM Sotheby's

The Formula 1 race car that kickstarted Michael Schumacher’s winning streak with Ferrari will go under the gavel this spring.

The legendary F1-2000, which will be offered at a Sotheby’s Sealed auction this April, helped the German driver achieve his first World Championship for the Prancing Horse in 2000 and brought the marque its first World title in 21 years. Schumacher would go on to win four consecutive championships with Ferrari in what was an unprecedented period of dominance in the sport.

The dawn of the millennium marked Schumacher’s fifth season with the Prancing Horse, but the first in this groundbreaking Grand Prix car. The lightning-fast single-seater was equipped with redesigned 90-degree V-10 engine that could churn out roughly 780 horses via a seven-speed gearbox. This particular example (Chassis 198) was originally used as the team’s spare car but was swapped in after Schumacher damaged his racer qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix. He went on to win that race in chassis 198, then scored pole positions at the Spanish and Monaco Grand Prix in the car.

Michael Schumacher Ferrari F1-2000 Racecar
The race car can churn out 780 horses. RM Sotheby’s

Chassis 198’s final race with Schumacher was at the A1-Ring in Austria, but it was hit from behind at the start of the race and forced to retire. The four-wheeler was subsequently repaired by Ferrari and taken to all of the remaining Grand Prix races of the 2000 season but was never again used in competition. Following its professional retirement, chassis 198 was rebuilt by the factory and is now ready for a collector.

“RM Sotheby’s has demonstrated that it has an unrivaled track record in bringing the most important Formula 1 cars to auction; a track record which is most closely associated with selling important Ferraris driven by Michael Schumacher, the greatest Ferrari F1 driver of all time,” Shelby Myers, global head of private sales at RM Sotheby’s, said in a statement.

Michael Schumacher Ferrari F1-2000 Racecar
Chassis 198 was rebuilt by the factory following its retirement. RM Sotheby’s

Indeed, Schumacher’s Ferrari F2003-GA sold for nearly $15 million (CHF 14.6 million) last year at Sotheby’s Luxury Week sale in Geneva, making it the most valuable F1 car of the modern era. The previous record was held by another one of Schumacher’s Ferraris that sold for $7.5 million at Sotheby’s in 2017.

Chassis 198 will be offered via a Sotheby’s Sealed auction that will run from April 3 to 12. Prior to the sale, the car will be on display in Hong Kong from April 1 to 6. The estimate is available upon request.

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