As the pre-season test concluded in Bahrain, the motorsport community was saddened to learn that Murray Walker had passed away. I have fond personal memories of Murray from my Onyx and Jordan days, when he would pop into the garage to get snippets and insights to note in his trusty book that would accompany him throughout the race weekend. He would then fastidiously turn them into comprehensive notes that he would refer to in the commentary box. His infectious enthusiasm fuelled many of our clients passion for F1 and other forms of Motorsport and he will be sadly missed.
As for the F1 pre-season test itself, it certainly seems that the regulation changes have achieved what they set out to do, with AMG Mercedes looking to have work to do if they are to continue their long run of dominance. The high rake cars of Red Bull and Alpha Tauri look strong as well as McLaren, with their innovative rear packaging and Mercedes powertrains. Let us hope that we do have a closer season in 2021 with competition at the front of the field.
With the new season in mind, we are showcasing some stunning inventory including a Pirelli podium cap signed by Sergio Perez after his maiden win last season. Will he add to his win tally this year?
Fernando Alonso returns to F1 with Alpine and we have a pair of his gloves used in pre-season testing from his last World Championship year in 2006. These come with fantastic provenance from a former member of the Enstone senior management.
From the sonorous Ferrari V10 of the Alonso era with the Scuderia, we have a carbon Ferrari inlet trumpet mounted as a desk display piece, a 2011 Ferrari Christmas card signed by Fernando as well as a signed 2011 Ferrari pit walk booklet.
Meanwhile we offer a framed display of Lewis Hamilton Puma replica gloves from the 2014 season – his first title year with Mercedes ready for the home office or “man cave”.
Kimi Raikkonen starts another season in F1 and we have available an original signed visor with Zylon strip from his 2012 Monaco Grand Prix weekend with Lotus Renault. A simply stunning piece.
Lastly from Sebastian Vettel’s World Championship season at Red Bull in 2011, a used rear view mirror housing from the RB7 car, mounted on a carbon base.