It took more than a year - and more than 900,000 pounds ($1.4 million) - to get his supercar up and running after a 2011 crash that left Atkinson with a badly damaged shoulder.
The high-performance car makes extensive use of carbon fiber and needed specialist care - it took weeks just to get a proper insurance estimate.
Ben Stagg, specialty insurer with RK Harrison, said the quality components used to make an F1 are one reason the repair costs were so high.
Including the gold in the engine bay. But, Atkinson is in the money;
"It depresses me when great cars are hidden away," he said. "It's a crime not to use it."Ah, but crime doesn't pay.
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