It must be a tough life as a Formula 1 car. You’re designed by the best engineers and car designers on the planet for the singular purpose of going ridiculously fast flat out for at least 30 minutes, you’re made from the best and most modern materials available, and you’re treated like royalty by legions of fans the world over, and when the season is over and the rules change a wee bit you’re relegated to a garage somewhere and left alone. That’s it, your time in the limelight is gone and your successor takes over the almost literal reigns. In a few years, you’re forgotten and all your performances are forgotten. It’s a short life. The exception to the rule is the cars from Oracle Red Bull Racing because they like to use their old cars for the coolest media stunts and marketing. You’d think that F1 cars with an impressive race history would be cleaned up and housed in a museum or put on display for fans to inspect, but most are put away in private storage. Some do get sold to collectors soon after they’re retired, but mostly they’re never seen again. Luckily for fans of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team, one of their iconic cars is about to head to auction with RM Sotheby’s at a special auction coming up that coincides with the Las Vegas Grand Prix. It’s a clever move because the world’s motoring elite will be in attendance and some might like to show off how fat their wallets are in front of the Gucci-wearing crowds.
Take a look at the YouTube video from ten years ago when this same car that's headed to auction was first introduced to the world. The car was new for the season and was handed to Lewis Hamilton who drove it to one of the best F1 seasons that the Mercedes-AMG team has had in the sport. It's cool to see it come up for sale, and we can only hope we find out who buys it and where it ends up: The Silver Arrows Story: Mercedes W04 | Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team
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