The Mercedes W04, a vital piece of latest System 1 historical past, has been auctioned and acquired for sum of hundreds of thousands.
The automotive with which Lewis Hamilton competed in his first season as a driver for the German group, in 2013, set many information.
However, it could not dethrone Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1954 W196R, which stays the System 1 single-seater for which essentially the most cash has been paid in your complete historical past of auctions.
The primary Mercedes with which Hamilton gained
The customer of the automotive that contested 14 Grands Prix of the 2013 System 1 World Championship season and gained the Hungarian Grand Prix (the Briton’s first as a Mercedes driver), paid the spectacular quantity of $18,815,000, together with commissions, or 17.3 million euros.
With that worth, the W04 turns into the second most costly single-seater ever offered, surpassing – by far – Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari F2001, for which $7.6 million (6.9 million) was paid in 2017, additionally at RM Sotheby’s.
No less than within the quick time period, will probably be tough for an additional automotive to surpass the Mercedes as these after 2013 are far more tough to put (if the model sells them in any respect) as a consequence of their great complexity with regards to upkeep.
A part of its worth can also be defined by the actual fact that it’s the solely System 1 Mercedes ever put up on the market, because the star model retains possession.
Moreover, its worth could enhance if Hamilton wins one more world title and turns into essentially the most profitable of all time (though that now actually appears difficult).
Bidding from an airplane
The Mercedes W04 was the star of the RM Sotheby’s public sale in Las Vegas, the town that this weekend is the world heart of motor racing with the first F1 Grand Prix to be held in Nevada since 1982.
Curiously, on the decisive second of the public sale there was an uncommon scenario as probably the most consumers was on board a airplane and was bidding by cellphone, however within the final moments he misplaced reception and needed to talk with the agent of RM Sotheby’s by messages.
Even so, he was in a position to elevate the bid a few occasions though it was lastly taken by a purchaser current within the room.
Fangio-Hamilton: historic ‘entrance row’ for Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton can have a tough time to be protagonist of the race as he’ll begin tenth on the grid, however one in all his machines is already on the historic ‘entrance row’ of worth.