Historic Schumacher Ferrari F1 car for sale
A Ferrari F1 car driven by Michael Schumacher during the 2000 Austrian Grand Prix is up for sale at a Monaco auction, and expected to make around £700,000.
It's yet another stunning lot up for sale in the forthcoming RM Auctions Monaco sale, set to be a veritable feast of automotive exotica; we've already reported on a prototype Ferrari F40 due for sale at the auction.
One of only eight built, the 808bhp V10 racer is in immaculate condition, having been restored by the Ferrari factory in Maranello in 2008.
The 2000 season car was the first Ferrari F1 racer to have been designed entirely in a wind tunnel...the Ferrari stationary department bought plenty of paperweights that year, we can tell you.
With Ferrari having taken only the Constructor's title in 1999, this car was built to go one better - to bag Schumacher the Driver's Championship. It worked, helping Ferrari to its first dual championship for over two decades.
The car's wind tunnel development accomplished hitherto unseen aerodynamic efficiency, and it was made using more carbon composites than any F1 car before it. The 3.0-litre engine was new, and attached to a seven-speed paddle shift sequential gearbox, also newly developed.
This particular car, chassis number 204, was the least raced of all eight cars built, covering less than 750 miles of testing, qualifying and racing. It debuted at the Austrian Grand Prix in July 2000, though was forced to retire early after a minor collision with a Honda.
It was subsequently used by Schumacher on Ferrari's Fiorano test track in preparation for the Hungarian Grand Prix, in August, although the race itself was completed in chassis number 203.
Another accident at the Circuit de Catalunya forced 204 into retirement, after which it was taken and kept by then Ferrari team boss Jean Todt.
The current owner bought it in 2006 and had it restored properly by Ferrari at a cost of over £1,000,000 - including the fitting of a new engine, with which the car has covered just 250 miles.