Fancy owning one of Michael Schumacher's title winning Ferraris?
His record breaking 2001 car is up for auction
By 2001 the Ferrari dream team of Jean Todt, Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, Paolo Martinelli and Michael Schumacher was really motoring.
The previous year they had finally secured the drivers' title that had eluded the Scuderia for more than two decades.
When the 2001 season started, the pressure was on for Brawn and co to keep Ferrari at the top. It was time to deliver the 'difficult second album'.
And deliver they did. During the 2001 season, Schumacher won a total of nine grands prix in the F2001, taking the title at round 13, the Hungarian GP. His points tally of 123 almost doubled that of his nearest challenger, David Coulthard, who scored 65.
The car allowed Schumacher to match the outright record for Formula 1 wins – 51, held since 1993 by Alain Prost – then surpass it on his way to a new mark of 53 wins by season’s end.
Schumacher took the last of his five Monaco GP victories in the F2001 (Pic: LAT Images)
And now you can own the very car that Schumacher drove that season - chassis F2001 #211 - as it is being auctioned by Sotheby’s at their Contemporary Fine Art auction in New York on November 16.
In the sales pack, the auction house say: "The F2001 represented early noughties state-of-the-art F1 chassis design, with its downforce-enhancing low nose and a tightly tucked Coke-bottle rear engine surround.
(Pic: LAT Images)
"Ferrari found further advantage by working hand-in-glove with Japanese tyre partners Bridgestone, who were fine-tuning their compounds and constructions to suit Schumacher’s particular requirements.
"Behind his shoulders sat a Ferrari Tipo 050 three-litre V10 engine, pushing out between 800 and 900bhp, depending on its state of tune, through a seven-speed semi-automatic transmission. Its scream at peak revs of 18,500rpm will never be forgotten by any who heard it."
If you have stacks of cash and somewhere to put it, visit Sotheby's website for more information on how to bid for the car.