How much would you pay for Kimi Räikkönen’s McLaren F1 car?
It’s worth around 2 million pounds
This is Kimi Räikkönen’s 2002 McLaren MP4-17D, which has just sold been sold at auction in St. Moritz. According to Sotheby’s, this unique F1 car is worth anywhere between 2 million and 2.5 million Swiss Francs (£1.5m-2m) but the auction house hasn’t disclosed the final selling price yet.
The MP4-17D was designed by Adrian Newey, Mike Coughlan, Neil Oatley and Peter Prodromou, and it used a Mercedes-sourced FO110M 3.0-litre V10 engine. Back in 2001, McLaren tested it on a dyno and it produced 845 hp at 18,500 rpm (!). The engine is paired to a McLaren-designed seven-speed automatic sequential gearbox.
It’s fitted with Hitco brake discs and AP Racing brake calipers, double wishbone suspension and an inboard torsion bar and damper system. This particular MP4-17A (chassis no. 06) debuted at the 2002 European Grand Prix and raced seven times in the 2002 season.
It helped Kimi achieve a podium finish on its first race and then a second place at the French Grand Prix on Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. It’s in perfect condition, still wearing its original 2002 MP4-17A specification with a West livery.