Kimi Räikönen’s McLaren Up for Auction Following Retirement

Kimi Räikönen’s McLaren Up for Auction Following Retirement

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Picture: RM Sotheby’s

Kimi Räikönen’s V10-engined McLaren (MP4-17) from the 2002/2003 FL season is up for public sale at an estimated £1.5-2 million.

Designed by Adrian Newey, the MP4-17 raced seven instances within the 2002 season with Räikkönen ending third within the Grand Prix of Europe at Nürburgring on its first outing.

Being from what some take into account the “golden period of F1 sounds”, this MP4-17 is powered by a 3.0-liter Mercedes-Benz-supplied FO110M V10 engine making 845 horsepower and able to revving to a staggering 18,500 rpm.

The 845bhp V10 was designed by Ilmore Engineering however retired on the 2006’s British Grand Prix. Räikkönen then completed second within the Grand Prix de France, giving McLaren its greatest results of the season. 

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Picture: RM Sotheby’s

This automotive and Räikkönen had two extra DNFs (Did Not End) and a fourth-place end for Räikkönen’s in 2002. David Coulthard additionally had a go along with this automotive, driving it to 3rd place in the USA Grand Prix. In 2003, the automotive was upgraded to the MP4-17D spec, and raced 5 instances that season — Coulthard even managed a first-place in it on the Australian Grand Prix. On the upcoming September 17 RM Sotheby’s St. Moritz sale in Switzerland, the automotive will likely be refitted to the 2002 MP4-17 trim.

Räikkönen is ready to retire on the finish of 2021, abandoning a legacy of a championship, 21 wins, and over 100 podium finishes.

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