The Pivotal Machinery
Schumacher's Ferrari 2002 F1 race car for auction

2002 Formula 1 was a winning season for legendary racer Michael Schumacher and Scuderia Ferrari. One of the Ferrari F2002 F1 challengers driven by the racer will go under the hammer at this season’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Schumacher took a then-record of 11 Grand Prix out of 17 in the 2002 season and stayed on the podium for every race. He secured the driver’s champion title – his fifth one – at French Grand Prix with six races to go in the season, which remains the shortest time for claiming the driver’s title. With another Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello also claiming 4 Grand Prix, Ferrari easily took the Constructors’ title at 221 points, equalled to the combined sum of points attained by all other constructors. Chassis no. 219 was the pivotal machinery for Schumacher finishing first place in France, Austria, and San Marino, and later was used as a test car until the end of the season. Powered by a V10 engine, the Rory Byrne-designed F1 machine was not much different to a guided missile. 

The auction will take place on 30 November at Yas Marina Circuit after qualifying ends. This is the inaugural auction of RM Sotheby’s held in partnership with Formula 1. The F2002 challenger is estimated at U$5,500,000–7,500,000, with part of the proceeds being donated to the Keep Fighting Foundation founded by Michael Schumacher’s family. More lots will be announced towards the sale but we already know there will be a low-milage Ferrari F40.