RM Sotheby’s is once again selling an F1 car, this is Michael Schumacher’s Scuderia Ferrari F300 that competed in the 1998 season. It will be auctioned at the Monterey Convention Center from August 18 to 20, 2022.
It was not a single seat that allowed Michael Schumacher to win the world title, nor even Scuderia Ferrari to win the constructors’ classification. That year, they will be beaten by Mika Häkkinen and McLaren-Mercedes. However, this one-seater only competed in four races… and won them all.
Ferrari F300 for sale
Indeed, this Ferrari chassis n° 187 is the seventh of nine F300 cars built that year by Maranello. And in the four Grands Prix where it was combined, Michael Schumacher went to victory. Starting on June 7, 1998 at the Canadian Grand Prix, the Red Baron started from third on the starting grid, ahead of the McLaren-Mercedes duo of Häkkinen and Coulthard.
The race is famous for the start scare with Wurz hanging a barrel roll in his Benetton-Playlife, and the second crash at turn one on the new starting order where Wurz avoided Salo sinking but hit Trulli to send him onto the back cover. of Sauber d’Alesi.
At the end of June, it is the French Grand Prix at Nevers Magny-Cours, Michael Schumacher has qualified on the front row ahead of Mika Häkkinen, but the German will win and Eddie Irvine in the second Ferrari will sign in the first two rows. of Maranello since 1990.
Michael Schumacher will claim his third consecutive victory at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, despite a 10-second Stop & Go penalty for passing Wurz under the yellow flag on lap 43. But this penalty will come too late from the FIA, Michael Schumacher will enforce just the last one on the last loop, crossing the flag marked in the pits.
A strange imbroglio and discontent in the McLaren-Mercedes clan, Häkkinen will lead a bad day on the podium with Michael Schumacher himself the first to be surprised that he will retain his victory. The reason is simple, the team must be warned within 25 minutes of the event on the track, Ferrari was warned more than 30 minutes later, and the penalty must be taken in the last 12 laps of the race, there was still very little. !
His 10-second Stop & Go penalty was converted into extra during his race, he had a 20-second lead over Häkkinen, enough to seal victory. Finally, the final victory of this chassis will not come again and not less than at the home of Ferrari, in Monza for the Italian Grand Prix!
The following year, 1999, the car was purchased by the current owner from Scuderia Ferrari. The buyer’s down payment on the vehicle will be 12% of the hammer price up to and including $250,000. The estimated price of this one-seater is estimated between 6 and 8 million dollars.