Breaking up is hard. Whether you’re a high school student or an adult racing in Formula One: When we get dumped, we want to throw away everything that reminds us of our ex. The difference between most of us and a Formula One driver is that we can burn a few letters and throw away an old T-shirt or whatever if we get dumped. When a Formula One driver like Sebastian Vettel stumbles, he loses Ferrari hypercars worth millions of dollars.
Vettel and Ferrari split up
After fulfilling a lifelong dream of driving for Ferrari in the world’s most competitive sport, Sebastian Vettel has been fired by Ferrari and is ready to let go of his Ferrari. Unlike most people who buy a Ferrari, Vettel was encouraged to get the best of the best red cars – and he got the best, no matter what he did.
Sebastian Vettel (Germany) drives (5) the Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 | Rudy Querzhavoli/Getty Images
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According to The Drive, Vettel’s Ferrari collection is being sold through British exoticus and broker Tom Hartley Jr. Vettel and Hartley have worked together in the past to sell memorabilia from Formula One, but this is a slightly different matter.
Vettel sells his F50, Enzo, LaFerrari and five other.
This collection is a variation on the principle of quality over quantity. Only eight cars will be sold, but the result will still be several million dollars. In addition to the three red top cars, Vettel is also selling the F12tdf and the 458 Speciale, Ferrari’s latest naturally aspirated V8 mid-engined supercar. Vettel sells a few non-Ferrari cars, and while those are pretty respectable, it’s the three sports cars that draw all the attention to his sales backlog. There are two Mercedes AMGs, the SLS and a black SL65, and a single BMW Z8, which must be a relic of the old BMW boys’ races.
As for the three hypercars, Vettel had a pretty easy time with each of them. Since he was a professional driver and very rich, it’s easy to understand why he probably didn’t want to drive his mega-Ferraris very often.
2016 Ferrari LaFerrari
Ferrari LaFerrari | Ferrari
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According to Motorsport.com, the 2016 Ferrari LaFerrari didn’t stay on the free market for long. Only 500 were made, and Vettel bought this one as soon as he joined the Ferrari team, making it one of the last LaFerraris. This hyper-hybrid Ferrari powers a 6.3-liter V12 and an electric motor that work together to produce an incredible 949 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. For us mere mortals, it is crazy, but for a Formula 1 driver, it is an impossibility. Oh, and he sold something around $2 million – no more.
1996 Ferrari F50
Sebastian Vettel 1996 Ferrari F50 | Tom Hartley Jr.
The next hypercar to be destroyed was his 1996 Ferrari F50. This one is a little older than its garage mates, but no less. Most car enthusiasts of Vettel’s generation had a poster of the F50 on the wall as a child, but this car has a direct link to F1. Ferrari used a 4.7-liter V12 in this road car, based on the F1 engine from the early 1990s. It’s a great car, and no wonder it sells so fast. With 4,312 miles on the odometer, it’s no surprise that Vettel plunked down nearly $2 million for this OG hypercar.
2004 Ferarri Enzo
Ferrari Enzo 2004 | Tom Hartley Jr.
After all, Vettel’s 2004 Ferrari Enzo is still on the block without the hammer falling. Not surprisingly, the seller claims this is the best Enzo in the world for sale. Since he only has 112 miles on it, he may be right. Ferrari produced only 400 examples of this 6.0-litre V12 with 651 hp. Sebastian’s only asking for $628,000. Compared to the others, it’s largely free.
frequently asked questions
Is Sebastian Vettel leaving Ferrari?
The four-time Formula One champion will leave Ferrari at the end of the year after failing to secure a new contract. He faces an uncertain future with limited options for 2021 and has yet to open talks with other teams. I want to make sure I take the right decision for myself and my future, Vettel said.
Who will replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari?
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz will drive for Ferrari in 2021, replacing Sebastian Vettel, several sources have told ESPN. Four-time world champion Vettel and Ferrari confirmed on Tuesday that there will be no extension to the German’s current contract, which runs until the end of the 2020 season.
Is the LaFerrari the fastest Ferrari?
Yeah, it’s fast. It’s not the fastest Ferrari ever built, as the legendary 6.0-liter V12-powered Ferrari Enzo – actually the LaFerrari’s predecessor – also had an advertised top speed of 217 miles per hour, although some sources have claimed it could go a few miles per hour faster.