Up-Close To Schumacher’s Ride
As Ferrari celebrates its 40 years of presence in Hong Kong, official local importer Blackbird Concessionaires has a series of events in plan, kicking off with the display of the race-winning Ferrari F1-2000 Formula 1 race car once piloted by the legendary Michael Schumacher.
The 2000 F1 season was the beginning of Ferrari’s reign of winning five Constructors’ Championships as well as Schumacher’s five consecutive Drivers’ Championships from 2000 to 2004. Serving the team in the season was the F1-2000 race car propelled by a 770 hp 3-litre V10 engine, and the particular car being brought to Hong Kong is the Chassis 198. While Chassis 198 originally served as the Scuderia’s spare car, it was called upon when Schumacher damaged his race car during qualifying at the Brazilian Grand Prix, and eventually driven to victory. It was also driven to pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix and Monaco Grand Prix, and made its last F1 appearance at the Austrian Grand Prix where it was damaged in a light accident and had to retired. While Ferrari had Chassis 198 repaired, it became a spare car once again for the rest of the season.
Ferrari F1-2000 is on display from 6 to 12 April at the Ferrari Showroom, 60 Repulse Bay Road, Hong Kong, so don’t miss the chance to see the historic race car in person. Viewing is by appointment only and can be booked via this link.
Serious automotive collectors would be glad to know that Chassis 198 is also on offer in RM Sotheby’s special auction taking place in Hong Kong this month. It’s worth noting that the race car is Ferrari Classiche certified and prepared for use in F1 Clienti events and Ferrari Corse Clienti events. While it was sold for US$ 1.8 million back in the 2014 Monterey auction, the estimate for the current auction has risen to US$ 7.5 to 9.5 million. Bidding is open now until 12 April and details for the auction can be found here.
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