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What do F1 teams do with their old cars?

Have you ever wondered what F1 teams do with their cars once the season is done? Not all of them end up in the museum and they are certainly not scrapped, find out how teams give their cars a second life.

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In Formula 1 there’s a saying that standing still is the same as moving backward. This is because, in a sport that’s as fast-paced (quite literally) as F1, both the teams and the drivers are continuously looking for ways in which to improve even by a fraction of a second. This means that the cars, especially with respect to their aerodynamic performance, are constantly being updated, but what happens at the conclusion of a season? RacingNews365 lists out all the likely scenarios.

They are stored in a museum or are displayed elsewhere

With millions of fans tuning into the races, there is no doubting F1’s popularity, it is not uncommon to find certain cars displayed as showpieces in museums, shopping centers, or even hotels. The cars are obviously stripped of their technical bits though with a dip into your savings, you could buy one to spice up your living room!

A lot of them are bought by collectors

Speaking of buying, a lot of more successful cars end up in the hands of collectors. It is not uncommon to find Michael Schumacher’s title-winning Ferraris, which have a habit of popping up every now and then and get exchanged for millions of euros. One famous collector is Jumbo co-owner Frits van Eerd whose collection of F1 cars is burgeoning.

The teams keep them themselves

Teams such as McLaren and Williams like to keep the cars they manufacture for themselves. Especially if the car is a title winner, it is rather common for the team to keep their cars at their factory displaying them as a matter of pride.

The best example of this is the fabled “Unit 2” storage facility where British marque McLaren store all their cars.

They end up back on the racetrack

A lot of rich enthusiasts decide to run these cars on the race track for a day of fun. Championships like the now-defunct Boss GP target such individuals providing them with a platform to enjoy their prized assets. It is also not uncommon to find older versions of F1 cars entered in hill climb events.

Demonstration runs

The Red Bull F1 team is the best example of this, considering the sheer number of promotional events they have done with their cars. These demonstrations often include several donuts and are performed by either ex-racing drivers or younger drivers who are signed to the junior program.

Ferrari Corse Clienti

Ferrari’s Corse Clienti program offers wealthy individuals a chance to buy one of their older racecars. These cars are flown out to special events hosted by the Italian marque where former drivers assist these “clients” and help them get up to speed. If you have a few million euros lying around this will be a great way to experience the thrill of driving an F1 car.

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