Aston Martin Formula One Team driver Sebastian Vettel is preparing for the new season with a clearout of his garage.
The four-time F1 World Champion is selling eight cars from his Swiss-based collection. All of them are currently listed for sale with renowned supercar dealer, Tom Hartley Jnr.
As a notably private driver, eschewing social media, these cars offer a rare insight into what the German keeps to drive for himself.
2016 Ferrari LaFerrari
Vettel spent six seasons in F1 driving for Scuderia Ferrari, hoping to emulate the success of Michael Schumacher. However, the dominance of Mercedes, and Lewis Hamilton, prevented Vettel from adding to his title haul with the Italians.
An acrimonious split with the team may have persuaded Vettel to part ways with some of his Ferraris. That includes this late LaFerrari, which he personally ordered from new.
The 950hp LaFerrari has been driven just 300 miles by Vettel, although he has kept the service book up to date. Finished in Rosso Corsa (racing red) with a black interior, the seat headrests feature the Vettel logo.
2004 Ferrari Enzo
Not originally bought by Vettel, this Ferrari Enzo was first owned by a German collector. The F1 driver later added it to his own garage, with seemingly little use during his tenure.
One of only 400 examples made, and fitted with a 651hp 6.0-litre V12 engine, the Enzo reaches a top speed in excess of 200mph.
However, when your ‘day job’ involves driving an F1 car, Vettel can perhaps be forgiven for the Enzo having only covered 1,100 miles.
1996 Ferrari F50
As perhaps the closest embodiment of a Ferrari F1 car for the road, it makes sense that Vettel would have an F50 in his collection. First delivered to a collector in Denmark, Vettel bought the car in 2015 after his first season with Ferrari.
The 4.7-litre V12 engine in the F50 was developed from a unit used in Ferrari’s 1990 Formula 1 car. Producing 512hp, and bolted to a central carbon fibre monocoque chassis, the 200mph F50 delivers extreme performance.
Like Vettel’s other Ferrari hypercars, it’s finished in Rosso Corsa, and has seen limited use. All the original service records and handbooks have been kept with the car, with 4,312 miles on the odometer.
2016 Ferrari F12tdf
The newest Ferrari being sold by Vettel, the 33-year-old driver actually had a hand in launching the F12tdf. It was unveiled to the tifosi at the Finali Mondiali event in 2015, driven by both Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
Vettel would set laps around the Mugello circuit, demonstrating just what the 769hp F12tdf could do. Although he did not buy the exact car used on the day, the Giallo (yellow) example is very similar.
Along with the bold exterior paint, Vettel also specified carbon fibre detailing for the interior, along with his trademark logo on the seat headrests.
Tom Hartley Jnr has placed a £725,000 asking price on the F12tdf.
2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
This is notable for being the first new Ferrari Sebastian Vettel ordered, and is fitted with a number of bespoke options. These include the special metallic black paint, a grey racing stripe, and plenty of carbon fibre detailing.
Those special Vettel-logoed headrests also make an appearance, of course. Powered by a 4.5-litre V8, the 458 Speciale delivers 597hp in total. A more modest £350,000 should secure this one.
Vettel has made a conscious decision to remove a number of Ferraris from his fleet. We will have to wait and see whether he replaces them with an array of Aston Martins instead.
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series
Despite Vettel battling with Mercedes-Benz F1 cars on track for the past six seasons, he has no qualms about including them in his collection. Making this car more special is the fact it was gifted to him after winning the first Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2009.
The most powerful road-going Mercedes-Benz when new, the SL65 AMG Black Series was launched in 2008. Output from its twin-turbocharged V12 engine was boosted to 670hp, with over 200mph possible.
Ditching the folding roof for a fixed carbon fibre item helped save plenty of weight over the regular SL65 AMG, too.
Limited production numbers and a special owner mean an asking price of £275,000 for the mega Merc.
2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Used as the official Formula 1 safety car between 2010 and 2012, Vettel will have spent a considerable amount of time staring at the back end of a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The marketing clearly paid off, as he ordered one for himself.
Vettel opted for the pricey Magno Matte designo paint choice, along with carbon ceramic brakes and a carbon fibre interior package. There is also a Bang & Olufsen sound system, for when the noise of the 6.3-litre V8 becomes too much.
Showing that Vettel takes care of his collection, all the service documents and handbooks are included with the car. It’s priced at £175,000.
2002 BMW Z8 Roadster
Vettel is noted to be a fan of James Bond movies, so having a BMW Z8 in his collection should not be a surprise. The retro-styled BMW made a major appearance in The World Is Not Enough, released a few months before the Z8 went on sale.
Powered by the 4.9-litre V8 engine from the contemporary BMW M5, the 395hp Z8 is a muscular roadster. Vettel’s example was delivered to an American buyer when new, before being imported to Switzerland in 2015.
Of all of the cars up for sale, this one has seen the most use, with 13,000 miles recorded. It is, however, in superb condition, and comes with a £175,000 asking price.