Michael Schumacher’s $1.8 Million Worth F1 Beast Seeks a Rise in Price After 9 Years

Published 03/22/2023, 8:15 AM EDT

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The switch by Michael Schumacher to Ferrari from Benetton after winning two championships with the latter was one of the two iconic moves in the history of the sport that eventually proved to be the best decision. The other is Lewis Hamilton, leaving McLaren for Mercedes. Schumacher made Ferrari great again. Five consecutive championships is a record that will stand for generations. And the multi-million dollar beast which was last auctioned in 2014 will let you come close to a historic feat.

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Going once, going twice, Sold!! A chance to own a piece of scarlet history has knocked on the Tifosi doors as Michael Schumacher’s championship-winning F1-2000 is set to go under the hammer. This is the same iconic machine that set in motion the dominance of the Schumacher-Ferrari era. RM Sotheby’s will auction off the iconic machine from racing history belonging to the most successful team of Formula 1, the scarlet wonder, Ferrari.

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As stated by Craig Jamieson of Topgear, “The F1-2000 sports a 90-degree, 3.0-litre V10 – the same basic layout and architecture as the 3.0-litre, 90-degree V10s that’d power Schumacher and Ferrari to another four championships on the trot. In the F1-2000, it revs beyond 17,000rpm and makes more than 800bhp – just the thing when it’s time to put down a flying lap in qualifying.”

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He also added, “And this specific F1-2000 – chassis 198 – is the one Schumacher used to take pole position in both the Monaco and Spanish Grands Prix, as well as a win from the second row of the grid in the Brazilian GP. An errant BAR-Honda up the tailpipe put it out of contention at the Austrian GP; after effecting the minor repairs necessary, Ferrari brought it along as a backup car for the rest of the season… back when one could do such a thing.”

Taking that walk down memory lane almost made us forget the tatters that Ferrari is in right now. It in no way seems like the Schumacher Ferrari.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz makes a sad declaration

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Last year Ferrari had one of the fastest cars on the grid but it kept blowing up in fumes or, by race strategy, was subjected to. And this year, despite the mighty declarations, the red team has fallen even further back.

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As quoted by Formula 1.com, a dejected Carlos Sainz said, “I think going into the race we expected better race pace; I think looking at the race pace on Friday, we thought we could be on the pace of the Aston Martin and the Mercedes. It’s difficult to take positives when you are P6 and P7, especially the last stint when you are all fair and square in pace… and they [the top three drivers] all pulled away. So it’s difficult to take a positive. Yeah, at least we got the reliability and the double points, but [this is] not where we want to be right now.”

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Anmol is an F1 writer at Essentially Sports. She is a Law graduate from National Law University, Lucknow, and currently pursuing PGD in Journalism and Mass Communication from Symbiosis. Being a Rallyist herself she began watching F1, the apex of motorsports, and eventually fell in love with the sport.
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