The year 2001, the driver Michael Schumacher, hailed as many as the greatest Formula 1 driver ever, certainly of his generation, winning the coveted drivers Formula 1 title 7 times making and breaking many records on the way, he was without a doubt a phenomenal driver. Now you can buy a piece of modern art in the form of Schumacher’s 2001 race winning Ferrari.
Sotheby’s have announced it would be selling Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari F2001, chassis number 211 at its Contemporary Art Evening Auction on November 16 in New York., the very car Schumacher drove to victory in both the Monaco Grand Prix and the Hungarian Grand Prix in the 2001 season.
Gregoire Billault, head of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art, New York, said: “We are pleased to join Ferrari’s 70th anniversary celebrations by offering Michael Schumacher’s Grand Prix winning Ferrari F2001 in November.
“Ferrari and Schumacher are the greatest names in motor-racing, with a place in the public imagination that is synonymous with the highest achievements in the field.”
The car, which is currently on display at Sotheby’s Autumn Sales week in Hong Kong, is being auctioned off by Ferrari as a part of the company’s 70th anniversary celebration. Expected to fetch somewhere in the region of £2M, this particular piece of Formula 1 history isn’t ready for retirement just yet.
Ferrari says the car is fully operational and ready for use on the circuit. The company is even offering to house it in Maranello, and transport it worldwide to Corse Clienti track events as well as private track days, it will also include having a team of Ferrari technicians, mechanics, and test drivers at your disposal to keep everything in top condition.
The 3.0-liter, 800 horsepower V-10 engine is of legendary status, Ken Ahn, President, RM Sotheby’s, said: “This very car secured Ferrari their 11th of a record 15 Formula One Constructors’ Championships and Michael Schumacher his fourth of an unmatched seven Drivers’ Championships, placing it among the best of the best in the world of motorsport.
“It is our great pleasure to offer this car during Ferrari’s 70th anniversary year, a year in which the legendary marque also won its first Monaco Grand Prix since Schumacher secured his final Monaco victory in 2001 in chassis 211.”