Motor sport

Historic Benetton from Schumacher’s first F1 year on sale

The win would be Piquet’s last in F1. Used for several more races, B-191-01 was then parked for some time before being handed over to Schumacher for the Spanish GP, which was in his third race for the team after leaving Jordan after his beginnings.

The German would qualify fifth and finish impressively in third at the start, closing in on Ayrton Senna, before later suffering a spin and finishing sixth.

Although conceding just one point, it was a debut performance that marked Schumacher as an upcoming man in F1.

After finishing the season with a few DNFs, the car was used as a museum exhibit after life after Benetton.

The car was purchased in 2016 and has been fully restored, having only driven one hour since then.

Relatively simple compared to other cars on the grid at the time, some of which featured traction control and active suspension, the B-191-01 is a relatively simple and flexible Grand Prix machine, making it a worth buying attractive for use at historical events.

RM Sotheby’s, which facilitates the sale, says the price is on request, but another chassis used by the Benetton that year cost $1,010,000 (£830,000) five years ago, meaning this car – one with arguably greater provenance – could potentially sell for a lot more.

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