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Prost replacement’s Adelaide F1 Ferrari hits market

THE Formula 1 car at the centre of Alain Prost’s controversial exit from Ferrari has been put up for auction.

Ferrari introduced its 643 model midway through the 1991 world championship, with chassis 127 contesting three grands prix.

The car took fourth on debut at Magny-Cours in the hands of Jean Alesi but then crashed out of the British Grand Prix a week later.

It then reverted to being the team’s spare car until being wheeled out for the season-ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide.

There it was driven by Gianni Morbidelli, who was suddenly called up from Minardi after Ferrari moved to fire Prost for his public criticism of the team.

That cut short Prost’s two-year tenure at the Scuderia and led him to taking a sabbatical year, returning in 1993 with Williams to win the championship in his final season.

In his place, Morbidelli delivered a fine performance amid torrential Adelaide conditions.

Starting eighth, he would take sixth in a race that was shortened to 14 laps, with half-points awarded (Morbidelli scoring 0.5 points as Ayrton Senna won for McLaren).

Those were Morbidelli’s maiden points in what would be the only Ferrari start of his career, which was headlined by an Adelaide podium four years later for Footwork.

As for chassis 127, it was refurbished at Maranello at the end of 1991 and sold to a South African collector.

It changed hands in 2010, bought by South African-based Peter Bailey, under whose watch the car was driven at Kyalami by Ian Scheckter, the brother of Ferrari world champion Jody.

The V12-powered beast was then acquired by a German buyer who facilitated a full restoration of the car before it ran in historic events at Imola and the Nürburgring.

A price range of 2.9-3.4 million Euros (AU$4.5-5.3 million) has attached to the listing.   

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