It’s not every day that a Formula 1 is for sale. It’s even rarer when it comes to a Ferrari from the era of V10 engines, which is driven by the illustrious Michaël Schumacher. The specialist in exceptional automobiles duPont Registry offers for sale a 1998 Ferrari F300 for 4.9 million dollars, or about 4.5 million euros. This single-seater, steeped in history, should have no trouble finding buyers.
In 2014, another F300 driven by Schumi sold at auction for 1.87 million dollars (1.7 million euros). While in 2017, an F2001 – winner of the Monaco Grand Prix in the hands of the driver – changed owners for more than 7.5 million dollars (nearly 7 million euros). An absolute record!
Unhappy in Japan
Let’s go back to the single-seater of the 1998 season. With chassis no. 189, now on sale, Michaël Schumacher won a daunting Hungarian Grand Prix and climbed to second place in the Luxembourg Grand Prix on the Nurburgring circuit. The end of the year was less dithyrambic. During the last meeting of the season – at Suzuka in Japan – the German driver must start from pole position ahead of his great rival Mika Hakkinen. During the formation lap, he stalled and found himself relegated to the back of the grid. The Red Baron did not let himself be defeated, however, and moved up the peloton to third place. His hope of winning the title disappeared completely when on the 32nd lap of the race, he punctured his right rear tire. Mika Häkkinen then becomes world champion at the wheel of his McLaren-Mercedes.