Michael Schumacher device used by F1 icon goes on sale for staggering £20,000

Michael Schumacher F1

Michael Schumacher won seven F1 titles during his spell in the sport

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 13/11/2023

- 15:28

The 54-year-old won seven F1 titles during his spell in the sport

A Formula One simulator previously used by Michael Schumacher has gone on sale for a huge £20,000.

The German is considered one of the best drivers in F1 history, having won seven world titles during his glittering career.

And he often used a simulator before races to boost his chances of reigning supreme on the grid.

Shaped like half a Ferrari F1 car, the Italian manufacturers used the device to prepare for the real thing.

Michael Schumacher F1

A Michael Schumacher simulator is on the market for a huge £20,000


Per The Sun, Schumacher's old simulator has gone on the market for a staggering £20,000.

It has reportedly been updated with all the circuits from the 2012 calendar, which is when the former F1 star retired for a second time.

Schumacher used it during his final year at Ferrari, with the German initially quitting the sport in 2006.

Auctioneers Gormleys Auctions claim the collectable is a 'unique' part of history.

Their listing reads: “This piece represents a rare opportunity to acquire a unique slice of F1 history, affording the opportunity to sit in the same pod that legendary driver Michael Schumacher will have used during simulated race sessions in advance of the 2006 Season.

“A former team-owned piece of F1 history, this simulator benefits from the particular association with one of the sport's most celebrated exponents.

“This piece is a unique addition to the collection of any serious Ferrari F1 fan, and has been updated with 'R-factor' software and all of the circuits from the 2012 F1 calendar, among a number of other International circuits used for testing.

“In addition, it comes complete with a Force-feedback steering wheel by Bob Salisbury Engineering at Silverstone.”

The auction for the simulator ends on November 14.

Earlier this year, RM Sotheby's auction 'Full Throttle - The Schumacher Collection' put 159 items under the hammer.

And it ended up raising a huge total of £2,081,341, more than £600,000 over the initial estimate.

Fans were able to buy old helmets and racing suits, as well as bottles of champagne.

The most expensive item sold was a signed helmet Schumacher wore during his 2003 title-winning season when he raced for Ferrari.

This object was sold for £96,000, with the German previously sporting it when he finished eighth at the 2003 German Grand Prix.

A red suit Schumacher wore at the Canadian Grand Prix that same year fetched a huge £62,000.

And £20,160 and £6,000 was spent on an autographed rear wing end plate and an empty bottle of Moet champagne.

Meanwhile, not much is known about Schumacher's current condition these days.

The F1 icon sustained serious head injuries while skiing in the French Alps back in 2013.

And Schumacher family lawyer Felix Damm, speaking to LTO, recently explained why there was no final report on the F1 icon.

"Of course, we discussed a lot about how this is possible," he said.


Michael Schumacher F1

A Michael Schumacher helmet was sold at auction earlier this year


"So we also considered whether a final report about Michael's health could be the right way to do this.

"But that wouldn't have been the end of it and there would have had to be constantly updated 'water level reports'.

"Because as those affected, it is not up to you to put an end to the media.

"They could pick up on such a report again and again and ask, 'And what does it look like now?' one, two, three months or years after the message.

"And if we then wanted to take action against this reporting, we would have to deal with the argument of voluntary self-disclosure."

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