She was the protagonist of an exciting tussle between Michael Schumacher e Lewis Hamilton during the 2010 Chinese Grand Prix, when the McLaren driver overtook the German champion. Now the McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25A-01 has been sold by auction house RM Sotheby’s to a record figure.
The McLaren-Mercedes is clearly an out of the ordinary car which, in the hands of Lewis Hamilton, won in Turkey in 2010 and also brought teammate Jenson Button to the podium. A team with an extraordinary single-seater, the most competitive available for the 2010 Championship driven by two world champions, a rarity.
It is the numerous sports achievements that have helped to increase the value of the car. Like that of Hamilton in 2010 in Shanghai or the incredible comeback from twentieth to sixth position in Malaysia. Or the place of honor in China starting from sixth place and the thrilling wheel against wheel of Lewis vs Michael Schumacher. Finally, in Turkey the comeback against his colleague Button, passed with a braking in the first corner.
Chassis 01 remained in McLaren storage until the restoration in 2019, the joint efforts of McLaren Racing Heritage and Mercedes AMG HPP (High Performance Powertrains) brought the car to perfect condition, with a restoration performed in detail. The Silver Arrow was disassembled in all its parts, inspected and all perishable components were replaced, finally it was put to the test between the curbs.
In view of the sale, the McLaren, which boasts an important history not only on the track, has been checked once again and started. For this reason the auction conducted by RM Sotheby’s it was a unique event: McLaren’s performance was tested at the Silverstone circuit on July 17 after the first F1 Sprint qualifying race, in front of an audience of 140,000, including potential buyers.
In addition to the sporting results, what surprised all the fans of the racing world was the figure achieved by this special piece. RM Sotheby’s, which also sold DTMs of great value, announced the sale at a price of 4,836,000 pounds which is equivalent to to more than 5,642,000 euros. Definitely a concentrate of power that is worth the cost, given the mix of emotions that made the fans live.
Source: Virgilio Motori by motori.virgilio.it.
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