Ever wanted to own a piece of history? Well, you’re in luck.
The Ferrari F2002 chassis no. 217 – one of the most successful Formula 1 cars ever made – is set to be auctioned off at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019 on November 30, 2019.
The F2002 will headline the event at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, alongside a restored 1990 Ferrari F40 (chassis no. ZFFGJ34B000084467) signed by Sebastian Vettel, four-time Formula 1 World Champion.
Between 2002 and 2003, the Ferrari F2002 won 15 Grands Prix out of a total of 19 races and never finished anything less than second for the rest. In the hands of Michael Schumacher, the F2002 broke multiple records including the Maranello track record on its debut run. In 2002, Schumacher went on to win 8 of the first 11 races of the season, winning the title with a record-breaking 6 rounds to go.
And it looks like the wins won’t stop there: the F2002 is set to potentially break another record with an estimated fetching price of $5.5 million–$7.5 million USD ($8 million–$11 million AUD) and a good chance of bringing in much more. Not even 2 years ago, the Ferrari F2001 sold for $7.5 million, making it the most expensive modern F1 car ever sold.
The Ferrari F40 is also well-known in the Formula 1 world, being one of the last Ferrari designs approved by Enzo Ferrari himself. This particular chassis was unveiled earlier this year at the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2019 where Vettel placed his signature on the rear wing of the car to celebrate the partnership between Formula 1 and RM Sotheby’s, with the latter holding the upcoming auction.
Other cars to be sold at the auction include a selection of renowned road-going sports cars as well as a collection of high-quality classic and supercars.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the F2002 will go towards the Keep Fighting Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded by Michael Schumacher’s family after his 2013 skiing accident in the French Alps. The charity focuses on supporting projects in culture, education, science and public health around the world.
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