Alonso and Verstappen cars up for auction

Jamie Woodhouse
Fernando Alonso speaking with Max Verstappen at Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Baku June 2021

Two cars linked to F1 champions Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen are set to be auctioned off over the coming months.

For Alonso, it is a Formula 1 connection as the Renault R24 which he drove during the 2004 season goes under the hammer.

It is the R24-07 chassis which will be up for grabs on February 2 in Paris, the final version of that challenger which Renault produced, and which Alonso competed in at the Chinese, Japanese and Brazilian GPs.

Alonso would cross the line P4 in China and Brazil, either side of a P5 finish at the 2004 Japanese Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso driving the Renault R24. Italy, September 2004.

The R24 will begin at an unknown starting price, complete with the original steering wheel and the Mild Seven/Telefónica yellow and blue colour scheme.

But before that, 2021 World Champion Verstappen is offering up his not-so-modest work car, the Honda Civic Type R.

For Verstappen, this though is for charitable reasons, with his Civic Type R going up for sale at €33,333 on December 23, reflecting his previous F1 race number, with the proceeds going to the Wings for Life charity, co-founded by Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz.

Verstappen used this custom car as his mode of transport to F1 circuits around the globe.

“I am very pleased to have been able to sell my car for such a good cause as Wings for Life. I hope the new owner enjoys the car as much as I have,” said Verstappen, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

 

At least for the 2022 season, Verstappen’s chosen number 33 will be absent from his Red Bull challenger, after he elected to race with the number one on his car, reflecting his Drivers’ Championship crown of 2021.

Not since 2014 has that number been used in Formula 1, with Sebastian Vettel, also then driving for Red Bull, the last driver to do so.

Lewis Hamilton had chosen to retain his number 44 following title successes in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg retired after winning his one and only title, so was not on the grid for the following season.