Scuderia AlphaTauri and Catawiki, the leading online marketplace for unique objects, are pleased to announce an unprecedented partnership, offering all fans the opportunity to own a piece of Formula 1 history.
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A series of five online auctions will be held this year, accessible to everyone, featuring a record number of over 300 collector’s items carefully selected by Catawiki’s motorsport experts. These include objects from the F1 team’s past and present seasons, alongside those from the Scuderia Toro Rosso and the Scuderia AlphaTauri era. The objects in an auction will include a variety of car parts – such as wheel nuts, flaps, front and rear wings – to drivers’ racing kits, helmets and pit crew overalls, as well as mock-ups of actual racing cars that have been competing in the Formula 1 World Championship.
Through these auctions, Scuderia AlphaTauri and Catawiki aim to bring the exclusive allure of Formula 1 within reach of its fans. Scuderia AlphaTauri has long been a training ground for some of F1’s most celebrated drivers, making it a natural gateway into F1. And with over 75,000 objects in auction every week and millions of buyers from across the globe, Catawiki is the ideal partner to find new lucky owners for these incredible objects. The rapid growth and popularity of Formula 1 go hand in hand with a growing market for its collectables. The demand for iconic sports memorabilia has more than doubled on Catawiki since 2019, thanks to the spectacle that is F1 sport which has found its way into more people’s homes across seasons.
The STR11 is the standout from the first online auction; the same car that raced in the 2016 season when Scuderia Toro Rosso scored 63 points thanks to the achievements of its drivers Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat. Jos Pirkner’s painted bull on the engine cover was the first seen on any F1 livery, giving the car an artistic and dynamic look.
Fans of Scuderia AlphaTauri’s two current drivers, Yuki Tsunoda and Nyck de Vries, and former drivers, such as Sebastian Vettel, Pierre Gasly, Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz, are also in for a treat. Their signed and unsigned driver kits and Verstappen’s worn 2016 gear are up for bidding.
The first online auction is now open for bidding on Catawiki. Future auctions are set to occur in August, September, November and December this year, and fans can expect online auctions and physical events. Catawiki’s logo will be visible on the outside Halo of the Yuki’s and Nyck’s AT04 for the Austrian and Dutch Grand Prix.
Genevieve Tearle, General Manager of Collectables at Catawiki, said:
We are proud to partner with Scuderia AlphaTauri and help to open their archives to F1 fans and Collectors to own a truly iconic piece of racing history. From their role developing world-class drivers to the current talented lineup of Yuki and Nyck, the collection we will offer together is a truly remarkable piece of motorsport memorabilia.”
Franz Tost, Scuderia AlphaTauri Team Principal, commented:
I am pleased to bring F1 collectors closer to the rich history of our team and allow them to own a piece of our history,” “I like to think there will be a piece of either Toro Rosso or Scuderia AlphaTauri on display in our fans’ living rooms, up until one of our racing cars is parked in their garage. With Catawiki, we have found the best possible partner to make this possible.
The first 70 objects are up for auction now, and fans can place their bids until July 12th, 2023. Part of the first auction proceeds will be donated to the relief aid operation run by the City of Faenza to support those affected by the flooding and heavy rain in May this year. Part of the proceeds of the subsequent auctions will be donated to the not-for-profit foundation Wings for Life, which is dedicated to spinal cord injury research.
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