The Ex-Michael Schumacher, Nelson Piquet, Roberto Moreno,Canadian Grand Prix-winning
1991 3.5-litre BENETTON-COSWORTH FORD B191
Chassis no. B-191-02
1991 Canadian GP winner with 3 times
F1 World Champion Nelson Piquet
One of the first F1 cars to be used by future
7 time world champion Michael Schumacher
One of the last manual gearbox F1 single-seaters
A useable F1 due to limited use of electronics
This beautifully-presented 'modern Historic' Formula 1 car is here returning to the Circuit National at Spa-Francorchamps, where in the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix subsequent Benetton World Champion Driver Michael Schumacher had actually made his Formula 1 racing debut.
This particular Benetton-Ford B191 is powered by a naturally-aspirated (non-turbocharged) 3.5-litre Cosworth Ford HBA5 V8-cylinder engine, capable of prodding some 650bhp at an ear-splitting 13,000rpm. With its advanced carbon-composite moulded chassis monocoque it was claimed to weigh in at just 505kg - and chassis 'B-191-02' offered here actually made its own racing debut in the San Marino GP, driven by team No 2 Roberto Moreno. He was replaced by No 1 Nelson Piquet, the three-times World Champion Driver, who then appeared in it in the year's Canadian Grand Prix.
This great race was run on June 2, 1991, around the Ile Notre Dame circuit at Montreal. The race comprised 69 laps of the challenging, car-breaking, 4.43km course, and the Formula 1 'circus' had arrived in town in a state of some turmoil after big in-season changes to two of the principal title-challenging teams, Benetton, and Ferrari.
At Benetton the team's star technical director John Barnard had been removed from his position after a major difference of opinion with team principal Flavio Briatore. Senior engineer Gordon Kimball was appointed technical director in his place. At Ferrari, former Sporting Director Cesare Fiorio had been fired after the Monaco GP having been fired as a result of a public rift with driver Alain Prost, and he was replaced by Piero Lardi Ferrari - Enzo Ferrari's son.
Pole position was taken by Riccardo Patrese in his Williams-Renault from his team-mate Nigel Mansell. The quality of the latest Benetton B191s was demonstrated by team No 2 driver Roberto Moreno qualifying fifth fastest, while Benetton's No 1 - Nelson Piquet - had some difficulties in qualifying which left him eighth on the starting grid, in the actual car now offered here.
Mansell led from the start with Patrese second, and the pair ran in 1-2 formation for the first 40 race laps. Eventually Patrese suffered a puncture and had to make a pit stop which dropped him to third place behind Nelson Piquet in this Benetton...who had effectively put his car into its proper position in race trim, following its difficulties during practice and qualifying.
Nigel Mansell continued to dominate this Canadian Grand Prix, leading imperiously until the very last lap at the final hairpin when, waving prematurely to the crowd, he allowed his Renault engine's revs to drop too low, and before he could catch it, the car stalled. With no power in the hydraulic system he was left completely unable to select a gear, and so was out of the race he had all but won, with less than half a lap to run.
Nelson Piquet could not help but shout triumphantly and burst out laughing as he saw the stricken Williams-Renault, ripping past to lead those final yards and so bring this gorgeous Formula 1 car to the chequered flag, as 1991 Canadian Grand Prix winner.
The little-regarded Stefano Modena was elevated into a delighted second place for Tyrrell-Honda, while the delayed Riccardo Patrese of Williams-Renault joined them on the podium, third. Mansell was classified sixth, while Roberto Moreno had spun the second Benetton out of contention in the opening race laps...
This Canadian Grand Prix-winning car later finished 5th in the British and 8th in the French Grand Prix races, before it was entrusted to Michael Schumacher - the future seven-times World Champion Driver himself - for that season's final Japanese and Australian GPs.
After retiring from the race at Suzuka with engine trouble, Schumacher was sidelined by an accident at Adelaide, as the first Formula 1 race season of his entire, glittering career ended in the cockpit of this car, offered here.
The car was subsequently re-assembled and preserved on display as a museum exhibit, before being completely rebuilt and restored to running order by a specialist Formula 1 team. The engine, gearbox and all safety equipment were overhauled in this process, and the car is now offered in running order, completely restored to its original specification with the sole exception of updated security features in accordance with FIA regulations.
Here is a very rare opportunity to own a genuine "on the button" Formula 1 Grand Prix car driven not just by one World Champion racing driver, but by two - and what's more two World Champions with no fewer than ten of those titles between them. It is also a "John Barnard" car in terms of design - yet another major attraction for informed collectors - and, most notably of course, it is also a Grand Prix winner.
Please note this motor car is subject to the reduced local import tax should it remain in the EU.
Although the car also comes with a Swiss Carte Grise, ASI document, and a Carta di Circolazione, please note the car will be subject to re-import tax should it return to Switzerland with a new owner.