What’s the most expensive F1 present you can buy?
Try a diamond-studded helmet, Paddock Club trip to Monaco, and a real F1 car for starters…
Signed, diamond-studded Lewis Hamilton 2008 Monaco Grand Prix helmet
Production of this version of Lewis Hamilton’s helmet from the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix – which he won – is limited to 100 pieces. It’s signed by the man himself, and studded with real diamonds.
The price? A staggering £15,000. Oh, and it takes four weeks to deliver so you won’t get it until next year…
Signed Michael Schumacher replica helmet
According to the vendor:
This helmet was not put on general sale. Our understanding is that these helmets were supplied to Michael for sponsors, friends and so on.
No wonder this piece sells for just south of £5,000.
Large F1 car models
This could be ultimate present for a Ferrari fan. This whopping 1:5 scale replica of Felipe Massa’s F2008 is almost one metre long and the price tag is an eye-watering £3,180. Michael Schumacher fans can get his final F1 car – the Brazil-spec 2006 248 F1 – in 1:8 scale for a ‘mere’ £2,691.
- Buy the Felipe Massa 1:5 scale 2008 Ferrari F2008
- Buy the Michael Schumacher Ferrari 248 Brazil 2006 1:8
More big models
Lewis Hamilton’s Monaco Grand Prix-winning McLaren MP4/23 is available in 1:8 scale as well. And here’s two Ayrton Senna models in the same size: one from his first Grand Prix win (Lotus-Renault 97T, 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix) and one from his last world championship (McLaren-Honda MP4/6, 1991 Japanese Grand Prix).
- Buy the Lewis Hamilton 2008 Monaco Grand Prix McLaren MP4/23 1:8 model
- Buy the Ayrton Senna 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix Lotus-Renault 97T 1:8 model
- Buy the Ayrton Senna 1991 Japanese Grand Prix McLaren-Honda MP4/6 1:8 model
Jacques Le Mans watches
Designed by Tamara Ecclestone this selection of six watches are priced just under £200 each and each is named after a circuit on the F1 calendar. Including, ironically, ‘Silverstone’ (on the left in the above picture), which daddy has booted from the F1 calendar after 2009…
- Buy the Jacques Le Mans F1 Silverstone chrono watch (pink)
- Buy the Jacques Le Mans F1 Monza chrono watch (black/red)
Attend the Monaco Grand Prix in the Paddock Club
I had a chance to sample the luxuries of the Paddock Club with Ferrari at Silverstone earlier this year and had a fabulous time. What the experience must be like at F1′s most glamorous venue, the renowned Monaco Grand Prix, I can scarcely imagine.
You can find out for yourself for around £4,500, which includes flights and accommodation in Beaulieu sur Mer.
Official F1 carbon fibre mouse matHow much does a mouse mat cost? £5? £10 at most? Well this F1-branded carbon fibre design will set you back a stunning £225.
Only Formula 1 could charge £225 for a mouse mat and expect everyone to go along with it.
Granted, it’s a very nice mouse mat. It’s trimmed with Italian suede and leather, and detailed with the Formula 1 logo. But is it really worth that much? This mouse mat speaks volumes about F1′s attitude towards money…
An F1 car
A glance through the back pages of Autosport or MotorSport usually throws up a few F1 cars for sale. You’re probably not going to find any Ferraris in there but these are still pukka F1 cars and you can even take them racing in series like EuroBOSS.
How much do they cost? Well, if you have to ask…
- Buy the 1972 March 721G (Niki Lauda)
- Buy the 1993 Tyrrell 021 F1 (Andrea de Cesaris)
- Buy the 2000 Arrows A21 (Pedro de la Rosa)
A bit off an F1 car
Renault are holding a private sale where fans can buy parts from their past F1 cars. They’ve not released details of what parts or what prices, but you can sign up for more information here:
A road car named after an F1 driver
With prices falling it’s a good time to buy a used car anyway – so why not get a model named after an F1 driver? I present the Fiat Seicento Michael Schumacher edition, as seen in the “What do F1 drivers use on the road” feature last week.
This 71,000-mile model has alloy wheels, foglights and driver-side airbag, and it’s yours for no more than £1,790. That’s only eight mouse mats…
Looking for a more realistically-priced F1 gift? Have a look at the other suggestions in the 2008 F1 gifts guide. And post your own ultra-expensive F1 gift ideas in the comments…