Michael Schumacher’s most successful F1 car up for auction

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Michael Schumacher’s most dominant Method One automotive—with an undefeated report—is heading to public sale with RM Sotheby’s. It is scheduled to cross the block on the public sale home’s Monterey, California, scheduled for August 18-20.

You would possibly anticipate Schumacher’s most profitable F1 automotive to be from his championship years at Ferrari from 2000 to 2004. However this Ferrari F300 was pushed by the seven-time champion through the 1998 season, when Schumacher misplaced out to McLaren’s Mika Häkkinen.

1998 Ferrari F300 chassis 187 driven by Michael Schumacher (photo via RM Sotheby's)

1998 Ferrari F300 chassis 187 pushed by Michael Schumacher (photograph through RM Sotheby’s)

Nonetheless, this automotive—chassis 187—received all 4 of the races by which it was entered. These races have been the Canadian Grand Prix, French Grand Prix, British Grand Prix, and Italian Grand Prix. Chassis 187 is the one Ferrari F1 chassis to run no less than three races and win each single race it entered, RM Sotheby’s claims.

Powered by a 3.0-liter V-10 producing 800 hp, the F300 featured quite a few refinements over its predecessors, together with a “periscope” exhaust designed to maneuver warmth away from the 7-speed sequential gearbox, and sculpted air intakes that gave it a extra streamlined look than 1997’s F310B.

1998 Ferrari F300 chassis 187 driven by Michael Schumacher (photo via RM Sotheby's)

1998 Ferrari F300 chassis 187 pushed by Michael Schumacher (photograph through RM Sotheby’s)

Along with his 4 wins in chassis 187, Schumacher scored two extra victories in Argentina and Hungary in 1998. His teammate Eddie Irvine was winless that season. Ferrari saved chassis 187 till September 1999, when it was bought to its earlier proprietor, who saved it for 23 years.

RM Sotheby’s did not checklist a pre-auction estimate, however one other F300 was listed earlier this 12 months in DuPont Registry for $4.9 million. That automotive is chassis 189, which Schumacher drove to second place on the Luxembourg Grand Prix (held on the Nürburgring) and DNF-ed on the season-finale Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, handing Häkkinen and McLaren the driving force’s and constructor’s championships, respectively. Given the success of chassis 187, it ought to command greater than chassis 189.

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