Schumacher's Ferrari F2002 gets high bid in Abu Dhabi auction
The German's Ferrari was sold but not his Benetton.
The F1 Abu Dhabi GP weekend had RM Sotheby's' undertake their first-ever auction in Middle East where Michael Schumacher's Ferrari F2002 fetched a high bid.
RM Sotheby's hosting an auction at an F1 venue at Yas Marina circuit was groundbreaking in itself, but the true headline maker of the whole event was Schmacher's Ferrari F2002, which was sold for $6,643,750 - which was the second highest bid for the day.
The Italian teams' once-dominant car, which won three grand prix, was put under the hammer at F1's first collaboration with an auction at a race, in Abu Dhabi. It is the chassis 219 and the car will be formally handed to the new owner at Ferrari HQ in Fiorano.
Before the auction, the car was driven by Michael's son Mick at the same circuit, where the promotional video was also shot. Also, this is the second highest amount received by RM Sotheby's for a Schumacher's Ferrari, with his F2001 getting $7,500,000 in 2017.
While the German's Ferrari got what it deserved, unfortunately, his green-yellow 1992 Benetton B192 didn't get any bids and is still for sale. The other Ferrari F1 car of Patrick Tambay/Mario Andretti, the 1982 126 C2 fetched $2,143,750 in the auction.
In addition to the F1 and sportscar/hypercar sale, a F1 Slot Car Racetrack - present at many circuits - was also sold during the auction. It was signed by all the drivers in the paddock on Friday and eventually fetched $48,000 in the auction.
"At F1 we are all delighted with the success of the auction on Saturday and the dynamic new partnership with RM Sotheby’s," said Sean Bratches, MD of F1. "It was a fantastic setting on the grid of the Yas Marina Circuit on the eve of the final grand prix of the year.
"The atmosphere was electric. It was also a perfect place to showcase and sell such spectacular cars and after so many months of planning it was great to see it all fall into place in such a seamless fashion."
The car will be auctioned along with another Ferrari and a Benetton.
[Image courtesy: Darshan Chokhani] [Note: This story was also co-written by Duncan Leahy on FormulaRapida.net]