It’s the car in which Schumacher battled Mika Hakkinen for the 1998 F1 World Championship.
In the history of Formula 1, there have been many incredible eras. For racing fans, the V10 generation with Michael Schumacher at the wheel for Ferrari is likely in the top five – if not number one. It’s not every day that a V10 F1 Ferrari, let alone one driven by Schumacher, comes up for sale. Enter duPont Registry, which is asking $4.9 million for this 1998 Ferrari F300 with an excellent racing background.
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According to the listing, Schumacher drove this F300 to a second-place finish in the 1998 Luxemburg Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. Fans of Formula One will recall that Schumacher won pole position in qualifying for that race, beating off Mika Häkkinen in his McLaren-Mercedes. Häkkinen would win the race, setting up a thrilling title duel at Suzuka in the Japanese Grand Prix in 1998. Schumacher drove the identical car there, securing the pole for the second time. However, a tyre problem after striking debris forced him to retire from the race, giving Häkkinen the victory and the 1998 Formula One World Championship.
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There are no details about the automobile as it currently stands. The F300 raced with Ferrari’s 047D 3.0-liter V10 engine, which produced roughly 800 horsepower at 17,000 rpm. Although it was early in Ferrari’s V10 era, this set the stage for Ferrari and Schumacher to completely dominate Formula One in the first half of the 2000s. From 2000 to 2004, Schumacher won five straight championships with Ferrari, followed by a third-place result in 2005 to bring the V10 era to a close. Engines were changed to a 2.4-liter V8 in 2006.
Any Ferrari F1 car is something special. Finding one driven by Schumacher certainly adds to the appeal. See this vehicle listing at duPont Registry for more information.