2002 McLaren-Mercedes MP4-17
Offered by RM Sotheby’s | St. Moritz, Switzerland | September 17, 2021
McLaren-Mercedes was a pretty solid chassis/engine combo in Formula One about 10-20 years ago. The MP4-17 was actually used in two slightly different configurations over two seasons. There was the initial car (later retroactively dubbed “MP4-17A”) that was used for 2002, and there was 2003’s updated car, the MP4-17D.
This chassis (#06) debuted in 2002 and was later upgraded to “D” spec. Power is from a 3.0-liter Mercedes-Benz V10 good for 845 horsepower. The competition history for this chassis includes:
- 2002 European Grand Prix – 3rd (with Kimi Raikkonen)
- 2002 British Grand Prix – 14th, DNF (with Raikkonen)
- 2002 French Grand Prix – 2nd (with Raikkonen)
- 2002 German Grand Prix – 11th, DNF (with Raikkonen)
- 2002 Hungarian Grand Prix – 4th (with Raikkonen)
- 2002 United States Grand Prix – 3rd (with David Coulthard)
- 2002 Japanese Grand Prix – 18th, DNF (with Coulthard)
- 2003 Australian Grand Prix – 1st (with Coulthard)
- 2003 San Marino Grand Prix – 2nd (with Raikkonen)
- 2003 Spanish Grand Prix – 20th (with Raikkonen)
- 2003 Monaco Grand Prix – 7th (with Coulthard)
- 2003 Japanese Grand Prix – 2nd (with Raikkonen)
The car was also used as a test car here and there. Once its competitive career was over, the car was backdated to “17A” spec, in which it currently exists. It is expected to sell for between $2,200,000-$2,750,000. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.
Update: Sold $2,136,444.