Historic Ferrari F2001B Driven by F1 Legend Michael Schumacher to be Auctioned at Monterey Car Week
The Ferrari F2001B, raced by seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher in the early 2002 season, heads to auction, capturing the attention of motorsport enthusiasts worldwide.
Michael Schumacher’s Iconic Race Car Goes to Auction
RM Sotheby’s has announced the auction of one of the most successful single-seaters driven by Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher. Specifically, it is the Ferrari F2001B chassis, the car with which the German ace raced in the first two rounds of the 2002 Formula 1 season. Notably, Schumacher clinched the victory in the season’s first race, the Australian Grand Prix, with this particular chassis.
A Glimpse into the Ferrari F2001B’s Legacy
Chassis number 215 will be auctioned during the Monterey Car Week in California, taking place in mid-August. The race car retains its original livery, featuring the branding of one of the world’s leading cigarette manufacturers. Naturally, it comes equipped with its original engine, the Ferrari Tipo 050, a 3.0-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine that produces nearly 900 horsepower and can rev up to 18,500 rpm. It’s paired with a 7-speed semi-automatic, electro-hydraulic gearbox.
Ferrari began the 2002 season with a slightly modified version of its 2001 car. This vehicle won the Australian Grand Prix under Schumacher’s control, and also competed in the following round in Malaysia. There, Schumacher clashed with Juan Pablo Montoya in the first corner and had to pit early to change the front wing. Falling to 21st place, he made a remarkable recovery to finish 3rd, while his younger brother, Ralf Schumacher, took the win for Williams.
The last appearance of the F2001 chassis was in Brazil, exclusively driven by Rubens Barrichello. During that round, the car that would dominate the season, the Ferrari F2002, made its debut. This was the year when Schumacher won his fifth world title, equalling the record held by Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio at the time.
Ferrari ended up winning 15 out of the 17 races during the 2002 season
The auction of Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari F2001B adds to the rich legacy of one of the greatest racers in the history of Formula 1. Fans and collectors will be closely watching as this piece of motorsport history goes under the hammer at Monterey Car Week.