There are a few ways to buy your way into a Formula 1 car. The first is the time-tested method of having a family fortune to get you started in karts before you can walk, then having the commitment, timing, and luck to make your way to open-wheel and finally the big leagues. Which can take amounts ranging from tens of millions to whatever an entire F1 team costs these days. And no, that’s not a reference to just one certain driver, it’s been going on for decades.
But that way takes as much effort as it does cash. You still have to be good. And train. And train. And train. The other way is to wait a few years and then buy a car. Because if you can afford to buy an F1 car outright, you can probably take it to whichever track in the world you want for your playground that week.
Except that they don’t often come up for sale. At least not the good ones. Those ones, the championship winners, end up in the collections of the teams. Or of the drivers who raced them. Which makes this opportunity exceptionally rare. Even if it is coming up for sale under less than ideal circumstances. It’s a 2002 Ferrari F2002. Driven by Michael Schumacher.
While Ferrari road car numbers generally follow some sort of complicated reference to cylinder displacement and the class of the car, for the F1 cars, it’s just the year. 2002.
For fans of Ferrari, Formula 1, or of Michael himself, that was a very good year. Back in the V10 era, this 3.0L engine was lighter, smaller, and a rocket.
The car was a winner out of the box, even if that box was such a huge change from last year’s box that it didn’t arrive until the third race of the year. Which it won.
Then it won the next race. And the next race. And the next race. Then a disappointing 2nd. Then another win. In total, the car won 14 races that year. 10 with Schumacher behind the wheel, and four with Rubens Barrichello. It even won its final event. The fourth GP of the 2003 season.
So, of course, it won driver and constructor’s titles in 2002.
Ferrari used multiple chassis over the course of the year. This car is chassis no. 219. So how did it do? Three GP wins with Schumacher driving. Imola, Zeltweg, and Magny Cours. That last one is where Michael clinched the championship.
The car is being sold at the RM Sotheby’s Abu Dhabi auction in November. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the car will go to the Keep Fighting Foundation. The non-profit started by Michael Schumacher’s family to carry on his charitable works following his serious injuries sustained in 2013.