F1 star Sebastian Vettel loves the history of the species. While the German earns wild sums from driving, the prices of old cars make him grimace too.
Vettel, who acquired Williams for his 1992 season in his garage earlier this summer, admired the Mugello depot Michael Schumacherin the 2004 championship Ferrari.
Son of Schumin Mick Schumacher drove the car before the GP start as part of the Ferrari gala ceremonies. As everyone else crashed into the pit at the crashed F2004, Vettel went to explore one F1 creation of all time.
Vettel’s former teammate and current TV expert Mark Webber was also present. In the 2004 season, he shared the track with that outgoing game.
Webber wondered if Vettel would like to add Ferrari’s F1 history to his crown jewel collections.
– A similar one was on sale before. But it was way too expensive, Vettel revealed.
The price tag has certainly been wild. The championship Ferrari, driven by Schumacher in the 2001 season, was sold in 2017 for $ 7.5 million. The following year, F2002, in turn, changed hands at the end of last year for $ 6.6 million.
Vettel is currently known to earn € 45 million at Ferrari.
A classic already in the stable
Vettel seems to have an eye for superior cars. Acquired in August by a man, the 1992 Williams FW14B is one of the most powerful creations in the history of the sport.
On the F1 series website, the purchase price is said to be a secret, but a similar 1992 FW14B, auctioned last year, changed hands for three million euros. Williams made only six cars for his drivers to use.
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In addition to traction control and state-of-the-art electronic auxiliaries, the features of the technically advanced car also included an active suspension system, which was clearly more advanced than its competitors.
Mansell spun a circle around the others during the season, winning the championship by far. The nine-win Briton scored 108 points after a second-team teammate in the World Cup. Riccardo Patrese got only 56 of them. The stable also took the title of manufacturers by far.
The superiority of the car was best revealed in time. Mansell and Patrese grabbed all the Pile Places of the season equally. In general, cars were faster than everyone else in their own seconds. Even the best time driver of his era Ayrton Senna was completely unarmed against Williams’ superiority.
Equally convincingly, the formula tracks were dominated by Ferrari and Schumacher 12 years later. F2004 won as many as 15 of the 18 races of the season, of which 13 were added to Schumacher’s column. Of the first 12 races of the season, he won the crushing 11.