One of Michael Schumacher’s earliest F1 cars, the 1990 Benetton B-191-02, will be offered at Bonhams’ Spa Classic sale on 21 May 2017.
Michael Schumacher is the most successful Formula 1 driver of all time, and one of his first ever racing cars has come up for sale with Bonhams, and will be offered for auction at the 21 May Spa Classic auction.
The 1991 Benetton B-191-02 was the seven-time World Champion’s second F1 machine, following his outstanding debut Jordan drive at Spa the very same year, and is estimated to sell for €750,000-€900,000.
The Benetton was designed by John Barnard and Mike Coughlan, and is powered by a 3.5-litre, 650bhp Ford Cosworth HB V8 engine, which would rev to around 13,000rpm. Thanks to a carbon-composite monocoque structure, it weighs in at just 505kg.
Schumacher got his hands on the Benetton for the final two races of the ‘91 season, but the car actually made its debut at San Marino (round three) with Roberto Moreno at the wheel. Moreno was replaced by Nelson Piquet, three-time champion, who piloted B-191-02 to victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.
After taking some further strong results in the 1991 season – fifth place in the British GP and eighth in the French GP – the car was parked up as a museum exhibit until 2016. Since then it has undergone a full mechanical overhaul, which includes the engine, gearbox and all safety equipment – which have been brought in line with the current FIA regulations. That means that it’s actually ready to race, and is described as ‘on the button’.
Other competition cars offered in the sale include a 1989 Audi V8 Quattro Belga Procar, which took part in the 1991 Spa 24 Hours, as well as a Belga team BMW 325i – a class winner at the 1986 Zolder race festival.