Lewis Hamilton Sets Another Record With Massive $312,000 F1 Memorabilia Value

Published 03/14/2022, 9:16 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 10, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

7-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton has created another piece of history fetching $312,000 in a Goldin auction. The memorabilia is a 2006 Futera Grand Prix Next rookie card authenticated by PSA and encased in a Grade 9 slab.

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The card dates back to a year before his eventual F1 debut with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. Since then, the Brit has gone on to become the most successful driver in Formula 1 history. Ironically, a PSA 9 2020 Topps Chrome Sapphire card of rival Max Verstappen also sold earlier in 2022. The item sold for $50,000.

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The two rivals are now on par in terms of their contract value. Verstappen, who won his maiden title in 2021 is now set to earn around $50 million a year. The contract duration extends to 2028. Hamilton, meanwhile, returns to the Mercedes paddock for his 10th campaign with the Silver Arrows. Both teams are expected to go face-to-face yet again with the first race in Bahrain.

However, the two titans might have their task cut out for them, as other teams may also join the mix. Ferrari and McLaren have shown serious pace over two practice testings in Barcelona and Bahrain.

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Interestingly, the Silver Arrows have gone for a mix of talent and experience. Russell, who signed for Williams in 2019, replaces Valtteri Bottas after five years with the team. The 24-year-old Briton has been impressive, with a career-best P2 at the Belgian Grand Prix in 2021.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 Williams’ George Russell celebrates on the podium with the second place trophy REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The all-English pairing will begin their quest for a 9th Constructors’ title after a controversial 2021. Alongside this, The Mercedes start driver will also hunt down his record-breaking 8 world title. Last year, Hamilton was denied the drivers’ championship in the final lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He will look to move on from the past and begin afresh in Bahrain this season.

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While trying to build the fastest car on the grid, Team Principal Toto Wolff is now also cautious of Red Bull’s constant threat, with a possibility of new contenders along the way. The new season promises to be one of the most challenging for the Silver Arrows as they begin their campaign in under a week.

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Mario Fernandes

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Mario Fernandes is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his graduation in Mathematics, followed by a Post Graduation Diploma in Journalism. Mario has been a sportsman and a sports fan from a very young age and has represented his school and college in sports like soccer, tennis, and cricket at the district level.

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