The most important car sold by Ferrari in 20 years. The ex-Michael Schumacher Italian, Indianapolis,
Lot 272
The most important car sold by Ferrari in 20 years. The ex-Michael Schumacher Italian, Indianapolis, Japanese and Malaysian Grands Prix-winning,2000 Ferrari F1/2000 Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater 205
Sold for €1,432,500 (US$ 1,947,483) inc. premium
Lot Details
The most important car sold by Ferrari in 20 years. The ex-Michael Schumacher Italian, Indianapolis, Japanese and Malaysian Grands Prix-winning
2000 Ferrari F1/2000 Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. 205

Footnotes

  • This is the car which finally confirmed that Ferrari's most successful-ever racing era was right here – right now.

    Michael Schumacher had launched his and the Ferrari team’s assault upon the 2000 Formula 1 World Championship titles by seizing immediate victory in the opening round of that new season, in Melbourne, Australia. The Ferrari F1/2000 already demonstrated awesome form as team-mate Rubens Barrichello’s sister car filled second place. Schumacher then followed up with further victories in the following two qualifying Grands Prix, at Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Imola in the so-called San Marino Grand Prix – drawing out an imperious 24-point lead in the Drivers’ World Championship standings.

    His and Ferrari’s first defeat of that remarkable season ensued at Silverstone in the British Grand Prix which fell to David Coulthard’s McLaren-Mercedes ahead of his team-mate Mika Hakkinen, while Schumacher’s Ferrari was classified third.

    Coulthard’s McLaren-Mercedes team-mate Mika Hakkinen then won in Spain, with Schumacher’s Ferrari – delayed by a puncture, and after bowling-over Ferrari’s British chief mechanic Nigel Stepney in the pits - finishing fifth, but on his native soil at the rain-soaked Neue Nürburgring in the European Grand Prix, Schumacher resumed his winning ways in the Ferrari F1/2000.

    This fourth victory in the first six races of the season for this entirely remarkable pairing was followed by failure here in Monte Carlo, where a cracked exhaust system permitted hot gases to play on the carbon-composite rear suspension, terminally weakening it. The Grand Prix was won by Coulthard again, in his silver McLaren-Mercedes.

    Schumacher and Ferrari had a little luck in the rain-swept Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal, to win for the fifth time in eight races, while McLaren-Mercedes sustained its ferocious challenge. Coulthard then won round nine, the French Grand Prix from his team-mate Hakkinen – while Schumacher’s Ferrari recorded its second DNF of that season, a very rare failure of the V10 engine.

    Hakkinen then won the Austrian Grand Prix from Coulthard in another McLaren-Mercedes 1-2 finish, while Schumacher was forced to retire after an opening-stages collision. Michael was then taken out of his home German Grand Prix at Hockenheim by another first-lap collision, but there his Brazilian team-mate, Rubens Barrichello, scored his emotional maiden Grand Prix victory and reinforced Ferrari’s points total in the important Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship.

    In the Hungarian Grand Prix Hakkinen won for McLaren-Mercedes, with Schumacher’s Ferrari F1/2000 placing second, a result repeated in the following Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps – as already described, in the debut of the magnificent machine offered here.

    When the going gets tough, Schumacher and the Ferrari team amply proved that the tough get going…as they then won the last four Grands Prix races of that memorable season in succession…in this very car.

    Offered now for the first time ever on the open market, Ferrari F1/2000 chassis ‘205’ is a car of immense potential as a long term addition to any world class collection. No single car has probably contributed more to the Cavallino Rampante legend in recent decades. Few cars can claim to have won no less than four Grand Prix driven by arguably the greatest racing driver of all time. Even fewer can claim to have secured an F1 World Championship title, especially such a landmark one. Add to these factors the factory support now available for private owners wishing to use modern day F1 Ferraris on the track, and the sweet, user friendly nature of the F1/2000 model compared to later developments, and the appeal is obvious. Racing cars don’t get much more historic than this.

    Bonhams est particulièrement fier de proposer ce qui est peut-être la Ferrari la plus importante vendue par l’usine lors de ces 20 dernières années.

    Lorsque Jody Scheckter remporte en 1979 le Championnat des conducteurs de Formule 1, les fans, et plus encore l'équipe de direction de Fiat et de Ferrari, sont loin de se douter qu'il faudra attendre 21 longues années avant qu'un autre pilote coiffe la couronne de Champion du Monde au volant d'une Formule 1 Ferrari.

    Ce pilote, c'est Michael Schumacher, désormais légendaire car six fois Champion du Monde. Et cette voiture – châssis "205" – est celle au volant de laquelle il a finalement décroché ce record historique.

    Cette Ferrari F1/2000 a été vendue par le team de Maranello à un ami du président de l'entreprise qui l'a entretenue dans un état immaculé, cachée aux yeux du public.

    En tout, cette voiture a parcouru un kilométrage de 3'896 km et a roulé pendant 18 heures et 30 minutes.

    Conçue et fabriquée par Rory Byrne et Ross Brawn, la F1/2000 repose sur un châssis monocoque extrêmement avancé en carbone composite moulé. Elle est propulsée par un moteur Ferrari V10 90° de 3 litres série "049" développant 750 CV. La transmission se fait par une boîte semi-automatique à contrôle électronique séquentiel au volant.

    Cette voiture a finalement confirmé que l'ère du succès en compétition pour Ferrari était revenue. Schumacher et l'écurie Ferrari ont largement prouvé par la suite qu'ils étaient les maîtres en remportant les quatre dernières courses successives de cette saison mémorable… dans cette voiture même.

    Proposée à présent pour la toute première fois sur le marché ouvert, cette Ferrari F1/2000, châssis "205", est une voiture représentant un immense potentiel pour n'importe quelle collection de classe mondiale. Aucune autre voiture n'a probablement contribué davantage à la légende du Cavallino Rampante ces dernières décennies. Peu de voitures peuvent se targuer d'avoir remporté quatre Grands Prix avec, au volant, peut-être le plus grand coureur automobile de tous les temps. Et encore moins peuvent prétendre avoir remporté un titre de Champion du Monde de F1. Ajoutez à ces qualités l'assistance d'usine désormais disponible pour les propriétaires privés désireux d'utiliser des F1 Ferrari sur piste, et la nature conviviale du modèle F1/2000 comparé aux développements ultérieurs, et le pouvoir de séduction de cette voiture vous apparaîtra évident. Les voitures de course ne sont jamais aussi historiques que celle-ci.
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