F1 car from Hamilton’s first Mercedes victory goes up for auction

It is quite common to see Formula 1 drivers’ cars being auctioned for extraordinary values. This year alone, an example is the Ferrari in which Schumacher won his fifth championship title, put up for sale for US$9 million. Furthermore, the Ferrari Enzo driven by Fernando Alonso was auctioned for almost US$3 million.

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Now, all attention is focused on Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes, specifically the one in which the seven-time champion took his first victory with the team. The model, identified by chassis W04, will be auctioned on November 17, in Las Vegas, before the unprecedented F1 Grand Prix in the United States.

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The traitional auction house, RM Sotheby’s, is estimatindg that the vehicle will be acquired for between US$10 million and US$15 million. But why the price so high? Well, in addition to being the car in which Hamilton won his first victory with Mercedes in Formula 1, during the 2013 Hungarian GP, ​​this model is one of the last to feature a V8 engine before the switch to V6 engines in the category. The eight-cylinder powertrain still remains in the Mercedes W04, something rare for a car that has not been used for 10 years.

Furthermore, this is the only example of Mercedes that was driven by Lewis Hamilton and that does not belong to the German brand, team boss Toto Wolff or the driver himself. Therefore, it is the only one available for sale.

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