Michael Schumacher is one of the most popular and successful Formula One drivers of all time. Therefore, it stands to reason that any F1 car he successfully raced would be quite valuable.
For better or worse, news recently surfaced that Michael Schumacher’s retired Ferrari F1 car is currently up for sale with RM Sotheby’s.
This 2003 Ferrari F2003-GA F1 car is chassis number 229 and brought Michael to five victories and two additional podiums that year. This was the key to his eventual victory, which resulted in his sixth world title. For an entire generation, this car is a defining in formula one history.
While 2003 was during Ferrari/dominant Schumacher’s period, Kimi Raikkonen finished only two points behind Schumacher, thus it wasn’t a landslide like a year before. Despite this, Schumi won six of the sixteen races he entered and placed second twice more.
In fact, Ferrari debuted the F2003-GA during the 2003 Spanish Grand Prix, which was a modified version of the dominating F2002.
The F2003-GA was named in honor of the late Fiat scion Gianni Agnelli. In chassis 229, Schumacher not only won that race, but also the ones in Austria, Canada, Italy, and Indianapolis. This was also Schumacher’s winning vehicle from the season-ending race in Japan.
A special car comes with a special guide price. Sotheby’s estimates that the iconic car, which has seen very little usage since being retired from F1, might bring in much to £9 million when it is put up for auction. Since then, just 148 miles have been driven in the automobile, mostly by Michael’s son Mick.
A genuine recently maintained, and fully functional open-wheel race vehicle with a 3.0-liter V10 that revs to 19,000rpm and easily produces 840bhp will be purchased by the apparently deliriously delighted buyer for an estimated £8.4 million.
This Ferrari F2003 GA is the actual car Michael Schumacher used to win five Grand Prix in 2003 and help Ferrari win their fifth straight constructor’s title.
It is neither a copy, a spare, nor a research mule. And although that’s wonderful, the strongest selling feature unquestionably has to be the fact that this specific Ferrari F1 car is Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari F1 car.