As Ferrari celebrates 40 years in Hong Kong, official local importer Blackbird Concessionaires has a series of events in the works, kicking off with the display of the race-winning Ferrari F1-2000 Formula 1 machine once piloted by the legendary Michael Schumacher.
The 2000 F1 season was the beginning of Ferrari’s run of five Constructors’ Championships, as well as Schumacher’s five consecutive Drivers’ Championships from 2000 to 2004. This was all possible thanks to the 770 hp 3-litre V10 F1-2000 race car. The particular car now in Hong Kong is Chassis #198, and while #198 originally served as the Scuderia’s spare car, it was called up to the front lines when Schumacher damaged his original car during qualifying at the Brazilian Grand Prix, and eventually driven to victory. It was also driven to pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix and Monaco Grand Prix, and made its last F1 appearance at the Austrian Grand Prix where it was damaged in a light accident and had to be retired. Ferrari quickly got Chassis 198 repaired, and it returned to spare car duties once again for the rest of the season.
The F1-2000 is on display from 6 to 12 April at the Ferrari Showroom, 60 Repulse Bay Road, Hong Kong, so don’t miss the chance to see this incredibly historic race car in person. Viewing is by appointment only and can be booked via this link.
Serious automotive collectors would be glad to know that Chassis 198 is also on offer in RM Sotheby’s special auction taking place in Hong Kong this month. It’s worth noting that the race car is Ferrari Classiche certified and prepared for use in F1 Clienti events and Ferrari Corse Clienti events. While it was sold for US $1.8 million back in 2014 at the Monterey auction, the estimate has now risen to US $7.5 to 9.5 million. Bidding is open now until 12 April and details for the auction can be found here.