1997 Ferrari Formula 1 F310 BSOLD

RM Auction: Ferrari - Legenda e Passione - Sunday, May 20, 2007

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Estimate: 950,000€ - 1,100,000€

770,000 € Sold

Specifications: 740bhp 2,998cc 40-valve V-10 engine, transversal semi-automatic sequential seven-speed gearbox (with reverse), independent pushrod activated torsion spring suspension front and rear, carbon fiber ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,935mm (115.6")

After many years without much Formula 1 success, Ferrari approached the 1996 season with a freshly designed car, called the F310, and a young talent named Michael Schumacher. The F310 was powered by a 3-litre V-10 engine, the first-ever 10-cylinder fitted to a Ferrari. It wore a nose that was low-slung, although the rest of the field had abandoned that theory in favor of the aerodynamic theory that it should sit high. The man behind this project was none other than chief designer, John Barnard. He was no stranger to Formula 1 or Ferrari, but as the season unfolded it was clear that his F310 showed promise, but needed further development.

Michael Schumacher had no trouble getting comfortable on his new team and scored outright wins in Spain, Belgium and Italy. Unfortunately, his partner, co-driver Eddie Irvine, struggled with retirements in ten of sixteen races. In the end, Ferrari was second and it was Williams-Renault who held the title. As the season unfolded with disappointment, Ferrari replaced Barnard with Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne.

For 1997, Ferrari had assembled the team of Schumacher, Brawn and Byrne, who by 1999 would win their first of an amazing six straight constructors ’ championships for Ferrari. Brawn and Byrne quickly went to work on the F310 and prepared a more developed version for the 1997 season called the F310B. Aerodynamics and reliability were improved, but still the F310B had a difficult time against the Williams-Renault FW19. The final result of the 1997 season will forever be controversial, but many believed that Michael Schumacher, knowing he was the better driver, blocked title challenger Jacques Villeneuve in frustration when he tried to pass him to victory.

The F310 and F310B won an impressive eight Grands Prix, 22 podiums, 7 pole positions and 172 points. It was at the genesis of the Ferrari ’ s most important time in modern racing and set the tone for the F300, which would also take the championship to the final round in 1998.

The example presented here, F310B chassis 175, was driven to victory in Monaco and Spa that year by Michael Schumacher. Since being retired from racing and sold by the factory, it has formed a prominent part of two important U.S. collections. It has seen expert care and limited use. A recent discussion with Ferrari of Houston, which has cared for chassis 175, revealed that it is on the button and ready for track-use. Furthermore, with the factory ’ s Corsa Cliente program, it is possible to experience the thrill of a modern Formula 1 car, with the race support and backup previously available only to front line drivers.

With the Scuderia ’ s undeniable and unprecedented success in the past ten years, combined with the recent retirement of the legendary Michael Schumacher, this important car from the dawn of the “ age of Ferrari ” in modern F1 racing is now, and will forever be, highly sought after by fans of the marque – and the man.

Reference Number 8002

as of 3/18/2007

Overview
Car 1997 Ferrari Formula 1 F310 B
VIN 175 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Tan 
Configuration Central Steering 
Transmission Paddle Shift 
Options Competition: Full Race setup, Racing Seats 
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