Michael Schumacher’s F1 Ferrari fetches file $15 mn at public sale

The previous Formulation one world champion received 5 Grand Prix driving this automobile within the 2003 season and drove it when he clinched the title in Japan.


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Former F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher's Ferrari F2003 GA with chassis number 229 during Sotheby's auction in Geneva. (AFP)
Former F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari F2003 GA with chassis quantity 229 throughout Sotheby’s public sale in Geneva. (AFP)

The Ferrari wherein Formulation One legend Michael Schumacher received the 2003 World Championship title bought for almost $15 million at public sale in Geneva on Wednesday.

“This exceptional automobile has achieved a world file worth for a modern-era Formulation One,” the Sotheby’s auctioneer mentioned after the F2003-GA, Chassis 229 automobile went below the hammer for 13 million Swiss francs ($13.2 million).

When taxes and costs had been added on, the ultimate worth stood at 14.6 million francs ($14.9 million), the public sale home mentioned later.

The earlier file was held by one other Schumacher-driven Ferrari, an F2001 mannequin bought by Sotheby’s in New York in 2017 for $7.5 million.

The ultimate worth, provided by an unidentified phone bidder from Europe after a bidding struggle of greater than 40 minutes, far outstripped expectations, with the public sale home estimating earlier than the sale that the automobile would fetch as much as 9.5 million Swiss francs.

It’s “probably the most important Formulation One vehicles of all time”, the auctioneers mentioned.

Schumacher, who has not been seen in public since struggling severe accidents in a snowboarding accident in 2013, raced 9 instances within the automobile.

‘Crucial automobile’

He received 5 Grands Prix with it within the 2003 season and drove it when he clinched the title in Japan.

“It is one of many Ferraris with essentially the most victories within the constructor’s historical past, so it is a vital automobile within the historical past of motor racing,” Vincent Luzuy, from the Sotheby’s department coping with luxurious automobile gross sales, advised AFP.

Designed by Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn, the F2003-GA featured an extended wheelbase to enhance aerodynamics, he defined.

The mannequin was introduced in on the Spanish Grand Prix, the fifth race of the 2003 season. Chassis 229 is by far essentially the most profitable of the six F2003-GAs that had been constructed.

Schumacher drove it to victory in Spain and in addition received the Austrian, Canadian, Italian and US Grands Prix within the automobile.

He additionally claimed pole place in Spain, Austria and Italy within the automobile, and the quickest laps in Austria, Italy and america.

The automobile powered Schumacher to his sixth F1 title — a complete that noticed the German overtake the 5 received by Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio within the Nineteen Fifties.

It additionally helped Ferrari win a thirteenth constructor’s championship — the Italian workforce’s fifth in a row.

Luxurious week

Schumacher’s Ferrari was bought throughout Sotheby’s Luxurious Week, which started final Friday and the place a spread of glowing jewels, pricy watches and designer purses are going below the hammer.

Later Wednesday, a spectacular blue diamond will present the grand finale to the jewelry sale, and has been estimated to fetch as much as 15 million Swiss francs.

That 5.53-carat “fancy vivid blue” cushion-shaped diamond is a part of the De Beers Distinctive Blue Assortment — a gaggle of eight uncommon fancy blue diamonds with a complete worth of greater than $70 million being bought in Geneva, New York and Hong Kong.

One other piece anticipated to attract consideration, and bids, is an emerald and diamond bracelet made within the 1850s, which as soon as belonged to French empress Eugenie, the spouse of emperor Napoleon III.

It has been estimated at between 60,000 and 80,000 francs.

Sotheby’s is already on a roll, having bought the 11.15-carat Williamson Pink Star pink diamond in Hong Kong final Friday for HK$453.2 million ($57.7 million), setting a file for worth per carat paid at public sale for any diamond or gemstone, the public sale home mentioned.

Pink diamonds are solely present in just a few locations and fewer than 10 p.c weigh a couple of fifth of a carat, and the massive ones are a number of the most in-demand on the worldwide market.

The 18.18 carat Fortune Pink — the biggest pear-shaped “fancy vivid pink” diamond ever to go below the hammer — was in the meantime snapped up at a Christie’s public sale in Geneva on Tuesday for $28.5 million.

First Revealed Date: 10 Nov 2022, 07:40 AM IST

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