The 2010 Lewis Grand Prix driver for the 2010 Hamilton Grand Prix of McLaren in Turkey was sold over the weekend for a whopping $ 6.6 million. It also broke Michael Schumacher’s 2001 Ferrari F2001 record in 2017 by selling for $ 7.5 million.
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The auction was held by RM Sotheby’s at the 2021 UK Grand Prix this weekend on the Hamilton home track in front of almost 140,000 race fans. This has been the most expensive F1 car sold at auction. It was also the first F1 car driven by Lewis Hamilton to go under the hammer.
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The $ 6.6 million acquisition certainly indicated that one day Hamilton’s car could set a new auction record, while Schumacher could also break the record.
Not only was the McLaren Formula 1 car up for auction at the British Grand Prix, the car company did a lap demonstration with the Silverstone circuit with this model. It was developed by McLaren Racing’s Heritage team to get full support from McLaren and Mercedes technicians.
The car was driven at the Silverstone circuit by Rob Garofall McLaren test driver, showing people the performance of the 2.4-liter Mercedes-Benz FO 108X V8 engine. Certainly, it was quite gratifying to hear the sound of the V8 compared to the V6 engines now used by F1 teams.
Interestingly, this special McLaren F1 car has a history beyond the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix. He was instrumental in helping the team finish second in the Builders standings. Hamilton also helped him finish second in the 2010 Chinese Grand Prix. Jensen Button used the same car in the final race of the 2010 season and finished third.
Commenting on the car auction, Shelby Myers, RM Sotheby’s global car specialist and head of private sales, said Lewis Hamilton’s achievements in Formula One are very noteworthy, they can never be improved and so linked cars are likely be the most coveted in the coming decades.