My MP4-22/5A 'Track' Car
Dreams do come true.
So am delighted to say that I have purchased MP4 -22/5A
Originally driven by Lewis Hamilton in his first season in F1, this particular chassis won twice with him at the wheel, in Hungary and Japan. He also drove it to 4 second places, most notably at Monaco, but also at Malaysia, Bahrain, and Spain and also two pole positions and two fastest laps. It also was the chassis that sadly went into the gravel in the pit lane at China, a pivotal moment in the season that year.
2007 will always be remembered as the only season (so far) that Alonso and Hamilton were in the same team, thankfully at Mclaren. Sadly it will also be remembered for the spygate controversy, indeed arguably the controversy started when Fernando blocked Lewis in the pit lane at Hungary during quali, when Lewis was driving this very chassis. Thankfully as noted above Lewis went on to win the race.
I am hugely grateful to the Boards of McLaren technology group and Mclaren Automotive for sanctioning this sale, as well as the heritage department at MSO for the advice that they gave during the purchase.
The car is currently being refurbished in the heritage bays at MTC so those of you visiting in the coming weeks and perhaps months will see it.
Hopefully the car will be ready to go by the end of the year, and all going well, I will be driving it at Pure Mclaren days next year, maybe the end of this year (although not at the same time as other road cars!)