The F2003-GA, Chassis 229, is estimated to fetch between 7.5 and 9.5 million Swiss francs ($7.6 and $9.6 million) when offered during Sotheby’s Luxury Week of sales in Geneva .
It is “one of the most important Formula 1 cars of all time,” according to the auctioneers.
Schumacher raced the car nine times, won five Grands Prix in the 2003 season and drove it when he took the title in Japan.
“It’s one of the Ferraris with the most wins in the manufacturer’s history, so it’s a very important car in motorsport history,” said Vincent Luzuy, of Sotheby’s luxury sales arm. cars.
The 2003 F-GA, designed by Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn, had a longer wheelbase to improve aerodynamics, he explained.
It was won at the Spanish Grand Prix, the fifth race of the 2003 season. Chassis 229 is by far the most successful of the six F2003-GAs built.
Schumacher drove him to victory in Spain and also won the Austrian, Canadian, Italian and American Grands Prix in the car.
He also claimed pole position in Spain, Austria and Italy in the car and the fastest laps in Austria, Italy and the United States.
The car took Schumacher to his sixth F1 title – a total the German won the five by overtaking Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1950s.
It also helped Ferrari win its 13th Constructors’ Championship – the Italian team’s fifth in a row.
“It’s a real pleasure to drive it,” said Schumacher’s son Mick, the F1 driver, after running the car around Ferrari’s Fiorano Circuit.
“It was when the cars sounded best and drove the most,” he said, referring to the three-litre V-10 engine.
Luzuy said such F1 cars were rare on the market.
“We have quite a few interested collectors,” he said.
“In 2017, we sold a 2001 car that was also driven by Schumacher. At the time, we estimated the car at $3.5 million and it ended up being sold for $7.5 million, so it proves that there is still a special interest in these cars is especially ones with such a history,” he said.
The car was sold in New York to an American buyer.
Schumacher has not been seen in public since he was seriously injured in a skiing accident in 2013.
Sotheby’s Geneva Luxury Week kicked off on Friday with a range of jewellery, watches and designer handbags.
Jewelry enthusiasts can try to get their hands on a beautiful, vibrant blue cushion-shaped diamond weighing 5.53 carats, which is valued at 11 to 15 million Swiss francs.
It is part of the De Beers Exceptional Blue Collection — a group of eight rare fancy blue diamonds worth more than $70 million in total, sold in Geneva, New York and Hong Kong.
Another striking lot is a fine emerald and diamond bracelet from the 1850s from the collection of Empress Eugenie (1826-1920), wife of the French Emperor Napoleon III. It is estimated between 60,000 and 80,000 Swiss francs.