Vitel tried to buy a Ferrari F2004, but was “too expensive”


F2004 led Michael Schumacher to his seventh and final World Championship in 2004 and the Germans won 13 of the 18 races that season. His partner Rubens Barricello recorded two more wins.

Shortly before the Tuscan GP, ​​an example of the car was driven around Mugello by Michael’s son Mick as part of Ferrari’s 1000th race ceremony.

The F2 racer drove the same car at the German GP’s Hockenheim meeting last year, and in the past he also showcased one of his father’s Benetton’s at the spa.

Vettel took time to keep a close eye on the car before running, and he revealed his interest in it in an interview with his former Red Bull Racing teammate Mark Webber, who raced for the Jaguars team this season .

Their conversation is as follows:

Vettel: “This is my favorite car. Have you raced?” [against] This car?

Weber: “I think once I hit this car with Michael in Turkey, she wasn’t very happy with me. But when I look at that car I just think about her performance, and of course things. Michael on top of it. It was an extraordinary time. ‘T? “

Vettel: “I was just saying, if you look at our cars, our cars are huge nowadays. Obviously we got a lot of downforce, but this car is 160-170 kilograms lighter than ours, such a big difference. . “

Weber: “You’ve recently added to your collection. Do you have any cars of this generation?”

Vettel: “No, there was that one, not that exact one, but for sale the same year, but it was very expensive.”

Weber: “Come on apple!”

Vettel: “It was! It’s an incredible car. You’ll hear it later.”

Vettel’s current partner Charles Lechler, who turned seven in 2004, also took time off from his race preparations to see the car.

“It looks crazy, it feels great,” the Monegasque driver said. “But mostly it looks nicer than what we have now. It’s part of Ferrari’s history, a very special part of Ferrari’s history, and it looks beautiful.

“I had the opportunity to drive a 2003 car, once 2004, anytime, but I hope that in the future I will have the opportunity to drive one of those cars.”

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