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Michael Schumacher’s 2003 F1-winning Ferrari for auction


The Ferrari that formula one legend Michael Schumacher drove to win the 2003 world championship will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s on Wednesday. The F2003-GA, Chassis 229 is estimated to cost between 7.5 and 9.5 million Swiss francs ($7.6 and $9.6 million) when offered for sale during Sotheby’s Luxury Sales Week in Geneva. The auction house said it was “one of the most important Formula One cars of all time”. Schumacher raced the car nine times, won five Grands Prix in the 2003 season, and drove it when it won the title in Japan.

“It’s one of the Ferraris with the most wins in the history of the builder, so it’s a very important car in racing history,” said Vincent Luzuy, from Sotheby’s luxury car division. told AFP.

Designed by Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn, the F2003-GA has a longer wheelbase to improve aerodynamics, he explains.

It was taken home at the Spanish Grand Prix, the fifth race of the 2003 season. The 229 chassis is by far the most successful of the six F2003-GAs built.

Schumacher drove it to victory in Spain and also won the Austrian, Canadian, Italian and US Grands Prix in cars.

He also won first place in Spain, Austria and Italy in autos, and fastest laps in Austria, Italy and the United States.

‘True joy’

The car took Schumacher to his sixth F1 title – a total that saw the German surpass the five won by Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1950s.

It also helped Ferrari win its 13th constructors championship – the Italian team’s fifth championship in a row.

“It was a real pleasure to drive it,” said F1 driver Schumacher’s son Mick after driving the car around Ferrari’s Fiorano Circuit.

“That’s when the cars sound their best, drive the best,” he said, citing the three-liter V-10.

Luzuy says such F1 cars are rare on the market.

“We have quite a few interested collectors,” he said.

“In 2017 we sold a car from the 2001 season that was also driven by Schumacher. At the time we estimated the car at $3.5 million and it ended up selling for $7,500. 5 million dollars, so it shows that there is still a special interest in these cars, especially those with such a history,” he said.

The car was sold in New York to an American buyer.

Schumacher has not appeared in public since being seriously injured in a skiing accident in 2013.

Jewelry to get

Sotheby’s Geneva luxury week kicked off on Friday, showcasing a range of designer jewelry, watches and handbags.

Jewelry enthusiasts can try to buy a fancy vivid blue cushion-shaped diamond weighing 5.53 carats, estimated at 11 to 15 million Swiss francs.

It is part of the De Beers Exlusive Blue Collection – a group of eight rare fancy blue diamonds with a total value of more than $70 million, on sale in Geneva, New York and Hong Kong.

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Another standout batch was a 1850s fine emerald and diamond bracelet from the collection of Empress Eugenie (1826-1920), wife of the French emperor Napoleon III. It is estimated between 60,000 and 80,000 Swiss francs

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