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Lewis Hamilton’s 2010 race-winning McLaren is to be auctioned off LIVE ahead of the British GP

Lewis Hamilton‘s race-winning McLaren from 2010 will go under the hammer live at Silverstone ahead of the British Grand Prix this summer.

Bidding for the car, which Hamilton drove to victory at the Turkish Grand Prix 11 years ago, will begin once it sets off on a lap of Silverstone before F1’s first sprint qualifying race.

According to auction house RM Sotheby’s, who are responsible for selling the car on behalf of a private collector, it is the first time one of Hamilton’s cars has been up for auction.

Lewis Hamilton's 2010 race-winning car is set be auctioned off at the British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton's 2010 race-winning car is set be auctioned off at the British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton’s 2010 race-winning car is set be auctioned off at the British Grand Prix

The car which helped Hamilton pip Jenson Button and Mark Webber to top spot in Istanbul in 2010 is expected to sell for between £3.5 and £5million.

Hamilton drove it in three other races that year, with 2009 world champion team-mate Button in five and it achieved three podium finishes and a fastest lap

Felix Archer, a car specialist for RM Sotheby’s, said: ‘It’s an amazing opportunity to have a piece of his story.

The McLaren is expected to fetch between £3.5 and £5million when it goes under the hammer

The McLaren is expected to fetch between £3.5 and £5million when it goes under the hammer

The McLaren is expected to fetch between £3.5 and £5million when it goes under the hammer

‘It’s the first time a Lewis Hamilton race winner has ever been publicly offered. This is from an era where the engines were still screaming V8s and it will be driven around the track in anger.

‘It will appeal to someone who either wants it as a collector’s item or literally wants to drive and sit where Lewis and Jenson sat and thrash it around the track.

‘If someone was willing to pay over a million quid for Kanye West’s trainers, I think there’s someone out there for a Lewis Hamilton Formula One car. It’s a true piece of art, a piece of history.’