Lewis Hamilton’s 2010 McLaren Formula One car sold for millions at an RM Sotheby’s auction over the weekend.
The McLaren MP4-25 was driven that year by both Hamilton and his then-teammate, Jenson Button, and even brought the seven-time world champion victory at the Turkish Grand Prix.
It’s the first of Hamilton’s former F1 cars to be auctioned off, and it ended up going for around €5.6 million.
After the 2010 season, the car was placed in storage as per the norm and was later restored by McLaren’s heritage department in 2019.
The restoration saw the car endure a complete teardown, after which all safety-critical items were inspected, tested, and replaced as was necessary.
The engine was also sent over to its original supplier, Mercedes, to have it brought back to factory standard.
According to the auctioneers, the car is fully certified by McLaren, and it can still be used for track driving.
However, the listing claims that even the decade-old F1 car is likely far too much to handle for most drivers.
Meanwhile, Michael Schumacher still holds the record for highest auction price for his Ferrari F1 car from the 2001 season – which sold in 2017 for €7.5 million.