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Michael Schumacher's 2000 Ferrari F2000 - chassis 198 - can be yours if you can afford it.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER'S 2000 FERRARI F2000 - CHASSIS 198 - CAN BE YOURS IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT.
Ferrari and Schumacher had an iconic relationship in the years when the legendary racer was active, the duo won five back-to-back Formula One World Drivers’ Championships between 2000 and 2004 and topped the Constructors’ table no fewer than six times. The F1-2000 made its competition debut in 2000, boasting an advanced package of aerodynamics and a redesigned 90-degree V-10 engine. “I think we’ve probably had the best car we have ever had at the beginning of the season since the present group has been working together here at Ferrari.” said Ross Brawn. Chassis 198, the exact car seen here, had an amazing race season and it set a bunch of records. The car was almost scrapped in its final race at the A1-Ring in Austria where it qualified in 3rd position, but at the start of the race Ricardo Zonta, in his BAR-Honda, hit Schumacher from behind, forcing both to retire from the race. Schumacher was not hurt and the damage to the car was light, however, it was enough to end its racing for the day, but the car was repaired by Ferrari and brought to all of the remaining Grand Prix races of the 2000 season but it was never used again in Grand Prix competition.
After competition for the car ended, Chassis 198 returned to Maranello for a complete rebuild and in March of 2001 the car was shown at the Geneva Motor Show on Ferrari’s stand, after which it was sold to Texan Ferrari collector, Kevin Crowder of Texas. This massive Ferrari fan had the car Ferrari Classiche certified in 2005 and it was prepared for use in exclusive F1 Clienti events. The car was then sold to the current owner in 2016 and in his care was seen and driven in a bunch of Ferrari F1 Clienti events held in Monza in 2017 and Austin, Texas in 2020. The car is ready for a new owner who will need to be on the wealthier side of life as well as being an absolute Ferrari F1 fanboi, which isn’t a far stretch considering how many Ferrari collectors are scattered around the world. Chassis 198 has that aforementioned longitudinal 3.0-litre 90° V10 that’s rated to produce 592 kW (805 hp) at 17,300 RPM and it tipped the scales at a mere 600 kg. The iconic 2000 Ferrari F1-2000 will be on display at Sotheby’s Luxury Week in Hong Kong from 1-5 April 2023 for viewing and when it eventually goes under the RM Sotheby’s auction hammer where it’s estimated to fetch between $7 500 000 and $9 500 000. While it will be great to see in person, those who don’t have the means can see plenty details on the lot listing on the RM Sotheby's website thanks to the great images by Andrew Trahan Photography.
Take a look at the YouTube video showing a compilation of the record-setting 2000 Ferrari F1-2000 car in action at the hands of the legendary Michael Schumacher in a virtual race against Charles Leclerc in a modern Ferrari F1 car: Ferrari F1 2022 vs Ferrari F1 2004 at Imola GP (Leclerc vs Schumacher) | F1 Virtual Challenge
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