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Lewis Hamilton’s GP Winning McLaren Sells at Auction for Over $6.5m

Around 140,000 racing fans were able to see the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix winning McLaren sell for more than $6.5 million at auction on the historic Silverstone track.

The unusual auction, which took place directly after the first-ever F1 Sprint Qualifying Run for Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix 2021, saw the showcase car run laps as Oliver Barker, European President, of Sotheby, conducted the auction on the podium.

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No Lewis Hamilton F1 car has ever been offered for public sale, making the auction a one-of-a-kind event and resulting in the car achieving a near-record price for an F1 car at auction, second only to Michael Schumacher’s 2001 F2001, which sold for £5,449,607.43 (A$7.429 million) at Sotheby’s in 2017.

The McLaren MP4-25A, chassis number 01, was the main chassis in the 2010 season campaign for Vodaphone McLaren Mercedes, a year that ultimately saw the historical British team achieve second place overall.

In addition to winning the Turkish Grand Prix, chassis no. 01 also won the Fastest Lap and finished second in the 2010 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix. Jenson Button finished third on the podium in the season’s last race in Abu Dhabi, thanks to the chassis.

This extraordinary automobile drew a lot of attention from collectors all over the globe who wanted to own a piece of motorsport and Formula One history that was driven to victory by the sport’s most successful driver, according to the auction house.

The vehicle was race-ready thanks to McLaren Racing’s Heritage crew, and it completed its demonstration laps with the help of McLaren and Mercedes mechanics.

The crowd was watching auction history and revelling in the sound of the massive Mercedes Benz 2.4 litre V8 engine as it roared around the Silverstone circuit in the hands of McLaren test driver Rob Garofall. Online, over the phone, and in-person at Silverstone, bids for the automobile were accepted.

“We knew this was a unique opportunity for a collector to acquire an extremely important racing car, and I believe the result is testament to that,” Sotheby’s Europe chairman Oliver Barker said.

‘What an incredible experience it has been to conduct this auction of this incredible car in such remarkable and unique circumstances.”

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