Schumacher’s Ferrari F1 that won 5 GPs is for sale


No, what you see in the photos is not a replica: the Ferrari F2003-GA is actually for sale. The auction organized by RM Sotheby’s on November 9 will also feature this racing icon, a faithful ally of Michael Schumacher in the conquest of his sixth title of world champion.

It’s the single-seater that rocked this season and allowed the German driver to beat Juan Pablo Montoya and the young Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.

born to win

This variant of the Ferrari F2003 with the chassis 229 was presented at the Spanish Grand Prix, the fifth of the season. Baptized « GA » in tribute to the president of Fiat, Gianni Agnelli, who died in January of the same year, the single-seater featured several new features compared to the previous car.

The most noticeable change was the longer wheelbase, which allowed for a different aerodynamic setup and a new version of the engine 3.0 V10 Type 052 of 845 hp capable of reaching 19,000 rpm.

Ferrari F2003-GA all'asta
Ferrari F2003-GA all'asta

The modifications made to the single-seater proved decisive in reviving Schumacher after a lackluster start to the season, characterized by only one victory at the San Marino GP in the first four races. During the debut in Spain, Ferrari won immediately and did it again a few weeks later during the Austrian and Canadian GPs.

Maranello switched to the 231 chassis for the British, German and Hungarian GPs, but the modest results prompted team principal Jean Todt to switch back to the 229 version.

Ferrari F2003-GA all'asta
Ferrari F2003-GA all'asta
Ferrari F2003-GA all'asta

Thus, at the Monza Grand Prix, Scumacher ignited the crowd by winning pole position, fastest lap and victory. The fifth success aboard Ferrari came in the United States GP, while in the final race of the season Schumacher’s eighth place (and Barrichello’s simultaneous victory which « closed the road » to second-placed Raikkonen on the podium) is enough to win the sixth world title.

Recently, the single-seater (including its V10, which has only covered 238 km) was completely overhauled by the Rossa technicians and was on the track at Fiorano with Mick Schumacher at the wheel.

Now this piece of Formula 1 history is ready to find a new home at a truly unpredictable price.

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