Owning a Formula 1 challenger is probably the holy grail for most motorsport enthusiasts, but the chance of acquiring one — especially one that was driven by a champion – doesn’t come very often. The 2010 Turkish Grand Prix winning McLaren MP4-25A piloted by Lewis Hamilton was listed in a RM Sotheby’s auction recently. Needless to say, it was snapped up under serious bidding competition and sold for a whopping £4,836,000.
The live auction took place during the British Grand Prix weekend, with around 140,000 spectators witnessing the sale, as well as the auction car performing demo laps, firing up the Mercedes-Benz 2.4 litre V8 engine at Silverstone circuit. It’s worth noting that so far no Lewis Hamilton F1 car has ever been offered for public sale, which justifies the rarity and value for what is a fairly recent vehicle. The transaction has achieved the second highest price for an F1 car at auction, with the record being held by Michael Schumacher’s 2001 Ferrari F2001 – sold for £5,449,607.43 at another RM Sotheby’s auction in 2017.
The McLaren MP4-25A chassis #01 was a key element in the 2010 season for the Vodaphone McLaren Mercedes team, which took second place in the overall constructors standings. It has other achievements beyond being the winning car at the Turkish Grand Prix, too, as Hamilton also used it to set the fastest lap time. It also finished second at the 2010 Chinese Grand Prix as driven by Hamilton, and took Jenson Button to third place in the season’s final Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.