A view of Lewis Hamilton’s 2010 Turkish GP McLaren Mercedes MP4-25A on show, at Sotheby’s, in London. (AP Photograph)
LONDON: A race-winning Formulation One McLaren pushed by Lewis Hamilton in 2010 shall be put up for public sale on the British Grand Prix in July because it does laps of the Silverstone circuit.
The Mercedes-powered MP4-25A will carry a worth estimate of $5-7 million.
Seven-times world champion Hamilton, now at Mercedes, is Formulation One’s most profitable driver of all time with a document 100 pole positions and 98 wins.
The 36-year-old Briton can add to that tally in Monaco this weekend.
“It is an incredible alternative to have a chunk of his story,” Felix Archer, a automotive specialist for auctioneers and Formulation One companions RM Sotheby’s, informed Reuters at a viewing on Tuesday.
“It is the primary time a Lewis Hamilton race winner has ever been publicly provided.”
The automotive, being offered by an unnamed personal collector however not Hamilton or McLaren, received the Turkish Grand Prix after the Pink Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel collided whereas main one-two.
Hamilton drove it in 4 races that 12 months, 2009 world champion crew mate Jenson Button in 5 and it achieved three podium finishes and a quickest lap.
“That is from an period the place the engines have been nonetheless screaming V8s and will probably be pushed across the observe in anger,” mentioned Archer.
“It’s going to attraction to somebody who both needs it as a collector’s merchandise or actually needs to drive and sit the place Lewis and Jenson sat and thrash it across the observe.
“If somebody was prepared to pay over 1,000,000 quid (kilos) for Kanye West’s trainers, I feel there’s somebody on the market for a Lewis Hamilton Formulation One automotive. It is a true piece of artwork, a chunk of historical past.”
McLaren Heritage will run the automotive for the customer, with round eight folks and a number of other days’ preparation wanted to function it. The unique Bridgestone tyres have been changed with Avon rubber.
Archer mentioned the valuation put it within the realms of vehicles pushed by Germany’s seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher and the late Brazilian Ayrton Senna.
A 2002 Ferrari F1 automotive raced by Schumacher was offered for $6.65 million in Abu Dhabi in 2019.
“This very particular occasion will see us truly public sale an F1 automotive, whereas it’s being pushed round an F1 circuit,” mentioned Kate Beavan, Formulation One’s director of hospitality. “It’s an unbelievable stage upon which to promote this iconic automotive.”
The driving force has but to be named however it won’t be anybody from throughout the F1 paddock as a result of COVID-19 precautions requiring them to function in a ‘bubble’.