Mick Schumacher drives father’s Ferrari ahead of high-profile auction

Mick Schumacher got the chance to drive his father's car prior to the auction.

Michael Schumacher’s 2003 title winning Ferrari, titled the 2003-GA, will be auctioned in Geneva, Switzerland on 9th November during Sotheby’s Luxury Week.

The car in question, which is being auctioned, is the 229th on Ferrari’s build sheet, with the seven-time World Champion having claimed five of his six 2003 victories behind the wheel of it.

The car being sold is the exact one he sealed his sixth World Championship in, following an eighth-place finish at the 2003 season finale, the Japanese Grand Prix.

The single point Schumacher was awarded for finishing eighth was enough to beat 2007 Formula 1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen to the title by just two points, in what was a titanic title battle.

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Interestingly, the former Ferrari driver actually switched to the 2003-GA at the fifth round of the season, having claimed only one victory in the first half of the season using the F2002, which he drove in his 2002 title-winning season.

Schumacher claimed three victories in his first four races in the official 2003 car, before going six races without a victory.

His victories at the Italian and United States Grand Prix proved pivotal to beating Raikkonen to the title, in what ended up being his fourth consecutive championship.

The German driver’s 2003 title, which made him a six-time World Champion, saw him move beyond Juan Manuel Fangio’s five titles, making the 53-year-old the most successful driver in the history of the sport.

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Ferrari’s 2003-GA was simply a piece of engineering genius, which produced 930 bhp at 19,000 RPM.

In preparation for the auction, the car has been completely refurbished and has been driven for 148 miles, with the buyer set to receive the vehicle in track-ready condition.

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Schumacher’s son, Mick Schumacher, got the opportunity to drive the car at Fiorano, Italy, which brought so much glory to his father.

The 91-time GP winner is, of course, still recovering from his tragic ski accident in December 2013, which resulted in severe brain damage and half a year being kept in an induced coma.

Since September 2014, the driver, who many argue is still the greatest of all-time, has been receiving treatment from the comfort of his home whilst surrounded by his family.