Two Michael Schumacher cars set for auction

Two cars driven by Michael Schumacher will be auctioned off in Paris on 3 February.

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Two cars associated with seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher are set to be auctioned off next week.

Schumacher’s illustrious career started at the Jordan team in 1991, when he was fielded in to replace Bertrand Gachot, who had been jailed for 18-months after assaulting a Taxi driver.

Schumacher made his debut at the Belgian Grand Prix where, ironically, Gachot had bet his mechanics that he would take pole position.

The German would then claim his first world championships with Benetton in 1994 and 1995.

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Immediately afterwards, he made the switch to a struggling Ferrari and, after four seasons of patience and loyalty from both him and the Scuderia, the 53-year-old finally claimed his first title in red in 2000, beating champion of the previous two seasons – Mika Hakkinen.

This began a record run of five consecutive world championships until 2004, before Schumacher announced his retirement in 2006.

However, almost as soon as he left the sport he seemed keen to return, and for a period Ferrari looked the favourites to take the seven-time world champion back into the fold.

But in 2010 he chose the project that his former Ferrari boss Ross Brawn had started at Mercedes – after the German motoring company had purchased the Brawn team after their fairy-tale championship winning season the year previous.

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He managed one podium in 58 starts after his return to the pinnacle of motorsport, and would once again retire at the end of the 2012 season.

At the beginning of 2010 right after he had signed with Mercedes, Schumacher owned a C63 AMG, and this is the first car going up for sale.

This will go under the hammer on 3 February during the Bonhams Les Grandes Marques à Paris Sale, and is expected to be worth in the region of £41.5k-£83k.

The former Ferrari driver won six race of champions events together with his good friend and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel between 2007 and 2012, and the car the pair used in 2010 will also be up for grabs.

The Tesla Roadster will fetch a significantly larger price than the AMG, and if you want it you’ll have to fork up somewhere between £112k-£166k.

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Vettel incidentally will be racing for Team Germany with Schumacher’s son Mick, who made his Formula 1 debut with Haas last season.

The event is set to take place on 5-6 February in Pite Havsbad in Sweden, and Valtteri Bottas will also be taking on what will be familiar icy conditions for the 32-year-old as he joins Hakkinen in Team Finland.

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