On May 21, Bonham auction house will auction off the Benetton B-191-02 driven by Brazilian Nelson Piquet and German Michael Schumacher in the 1991 Formula 1 season. The basis for acquiring this monopost will be $ 950.000.
The car debuted at the San Marino GP - the third date on the calendar - with Brazilian Roberto Moreno, who finished 13th, although with fewer laps due to gearbox problems. He was later driven by Piquet, who led him to victory in the Canadian GP in what was his 23rd and last success in the category.
In Piquet's hands the car also finished 5th in the British GP and 8th in the French GP. He then moved on to Schumacher, who had joined the team at the Italian GP after debuting with Jordan at the previous Belgian GP. Schumi drove it in the Japanese and Australian GPs, the last two of that year, although with little luck. In Suzuka he left due to engine failures and in Adelaide due to a collision with Frenchman Jean Alesi (Ferrari).
The Benetton B-191-02, which was designed by John Barnard and Mike Coughlan, has a carbon monocoque chassis and weighs just 505 kilos. It is powered by a 8-liter Ford Cosworth HB V3,5 engine capable of delivering 658 horsepower at 13.000 rpm.
Although the car was driven by Schumacher, it sports the No. 20 that Piquet used, in clear reference to his victory in Montreal; and not the 19 used by the German.
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