Sotheby’s — in partnership with RM Sotheby’s — will offer one of the most significant Ferrari F1 cars ever raced by Michael Schumacher during its November Luxury Week sale in Geneva. The race-winning 2003 Ferrari F2003-GA will cross the block on Wednesday, November 9 as a single lot offering.
“RM Sotheby’s has a well-earned reputation for selling some of the finest competition cars in existence and we have an unrivalled track record in bringing the most important Formula One cars to auction. It is an honour to offer what ranks as one of the most important of all of Schumacher’s cars, if not one of the most significant Formula One cars of the past 25 years. It is fitting that such a car should be offered within a Sotheby’s sale, where discerning collectors active in the worlds of luxury, sports memorabilia, automotive, motorsport, and art, can take advantage of this rare opportunity. This car is an icon of motorsport, built by the one of greatest sports and racing car manufacturers of all time and piloted to victory by one of the greatest racing drivers of all time,” said Peter Wallman, RM Sotheby’s Chairman, EMEA.
The 2003 F2003-GA was a revised version of the F2002 used the previous season. One of the final V10-powered Formula One cars featured in the series, the F2003-GA produces 930 bhp and has a dizzying rev limit of 19,000 rpm.
Of the six F2003-GAs produced, the car offered by Sotheby’s — chassis #229 — is the most successful of them all. Driven by motorsport icon Michael Schumacher on the way to winning his sixth World Championship title in 2003, this car was also influential in helping Ferrari win its 13th Constructors’ Championship.
During the 2003 F1 season Schumacher raced chassis #229 on nine occasions and won five times including the Grand Prix in Spain, Austria, Canada, Italy and the US. Additionally, he finished on the podium at both the Monaco and French Grands Prix, and took pole position three times.
Offered in full running order, F2003-GA #229 was recently overhauled at in Maranello by the Ferrari Formula 1 Clienti department and has been Ferrari Classiche Red Book Certified. The 3.0-L V10 has been run for just 148 miles since the overhaul with the gearbox, clutch, hydraulic system and other major components having been used for only a small percentage of their lifecycle.