RM Sotheby’s auction at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019 – the region’s first-ever major international collector car auction – is set for 30 November at the stunning Yas Marina Circuit. The sale, held in partnership with Formula 1, will bring together a curated selection of significant Grand Prix racing machines, road-going sports cars with an historical connection to the world of motorsport, alongside a broader collection of hand-picked, blue-chip classic and supercars. Aligning perfectly with the auction’s setting, RM Sotheby’s has secured Michael Schumacher’s Championship-winning 2002 Ferrari F2002 to headline the sale, alongside a beautifully restored, low-mileage 1990 Ferrari F40 signed by current Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel.
The 2002 Ferrari F2002, chassis no. 219, was a pivotal piece of machinery in the 2002 Formula 1 season, which quickly became a race for second place as the legendary Michael Schumacher finished 1st or 2nd in every race. Chassis no. 219 saw victory in the hands of Schumacher at three Grands Prix in 2002, including at Imola, Zeltweg, and Magny Cours, the last of which would secure Schumacher his 5th World Drivers’ Championship title; with six races remaining in the season it remains the shortest time in which a World Drivers’ Title has ever been clinched. Ferrari also secured the Constructors’ Championship title that year, with the F2002 seeing further podium finishes including 2nd with Schumacher at Monaco, and 2nd at Spa and 4th at Hockenheim with teammate Rubens Barrichello, who finished as runner up in the Drivers’ Championship.
Chassis no. 219 was used as a test car in the remainder of the 2002 races and retired following the season. It has since been held in significant private collections across multiple continents. The offering of the F2002 follows RM Sotheby’s successful sale of Michael Schumacher’s Grand Prix-winning Ferrari F2001 in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction in November 2017 for a record $7,504,000. Considered one of the most significant Formula 1 cars and representative of Ferrari and Schumacher’s golden era as reigning champions, the F2002 is estimated to bring $5,500,000–7,500,000 in Abu Dhabi later this year. A percentage of proceeds from the sale of the F2002 will be donated to the Keep Fighting Foundation, founded by Michael Schumacher’s family. The Foundation seeks to continue his charitable work in achieving cultural and social benefits. Additional information on Keep Fighting’s efforts and activities is available at keepfighting.ms.
Offered alongside the GP racer is a 1990 Ferrari F40, chassis no. ZFFGJ34B000084467, which appeared at the announcement of RM Sotheby’s and Formula 1’s global partnership at the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2019 earlier this spring. At the launch event, current Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel signed the rear wing of the car, ceremoniously uniting the two brands. This desirable non-cat, non-adjust example has been beautifully restored and Red Book certified by Ferrari Classiche and shows a mere 1,140 km from new.