Verstappen’s Honda, Alonso’s Renault to be sold via auction

The proceeds of the auction of Max Verstappen's car will be donated to Red Bull's Wings for Life charity.

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Formula 1 champions Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso are both set to auction cars, with Verstappen’s proceeds going to charity.

The pair have three F1 championships between them, and Alonso’s 2004 Renault F1 car will be up for auction on 2 February.

The blue and yellow R24, which helped Alonso to a fourth-placed championship finish that season, will still sport its original steering wheel and will have the updated chassis which the Spaniard used during the final three rounds of the year.

The starting price is as yet unknown for the car that led Alonso to four podium finishes 17 years ago, while Jarno Trulli took victory at the Monaco Grand Prix – his only win in F1 -with the car, helping the French outfit to a third-placed Constructors’ Championship finish.

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Alonso will contest his 19th F1 season in 2022, but not before he undergoes surgery to remove plates in his face following a nasty cycling crash in Switzerland early in 2021.

Meanwhile, Verstappen, who took his first championship in thrilling finale in Abu Dhabi, is set to auction off his Honda Civic Type R.

The Dutchman was given the car as part of Red Bull’s partnership with Honda as their engine supplier, but the Japanese manufacturer will depart ahead of 2022, with Red Bull buying the intellectual property of their power units.

The 24-year-old will be placing his car up for sale two days before Christmas for €33,333, matching his previous 33 race number.

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Verstappen won 10 races and scored 18 podiums over the course of the 2021 season , and the proceeds of the auction will go to Red Bull’s Wings for Life charity – a spinal cord research foundation – set up by Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz.

“I am very pleased to have been able to sell my car for such a good cause as Wings for Life. I hope the new owner enjoys the car as much as I have,” Verstappen said.

The Dutch ace will make use of the Number 1 next season, and will become the first to sport it since Sebastian Vettel in 2014.

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