Benetton B193B up for auction
£1.1 million for Schumi-Benetton
Bonham is auctioned off by Michael Schumacher’s Benetton B193B (1993). The F1 race car is said to be priced at at least £1.1m. The legendary car will go under the hammer on June 24th.
Michael Schumacher, the upcoming Formula 1 racer, is up for sale. In March, duPont Registry offered a Ferrari F300 for $4.9 million. On June 24, Bonham Auctions sold a Benetton B193 from the 1993 season. The 29-year-old has a price tag of between £1.1 and £1.6m. The converted car ranges from 1.3 to 1.9 million euros.
The Benetton team primarily used the vehicle with chassis number B193B-04 for a test drive. In the 1990s there were no testing restrictions like there are today. Michael Schumacher was a role model to be auctioned off to qualify for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The 91-time winner immediately put the car in third place on the grid. Only Williams Renault, vastly superior to Alain Prost and Damon Hill, qualified ahead of Kerpener.
On race day, Schumacher’s teammate Patrice sat in chassis number 04, and the Italian finished third. The German returned to his ancestral chassis #05 and finished a place ahead of Patrice. During the season, the car took part in four more races with Patrice at the wheel. Benetton was powered by a 3.5-liter Cosworth V8, which was weak on the box unlike Renault’s V10 units.
Traction Control on the B193B
In 1993, all kinds of technical driving aids were allowed in Formula 1. The Williams team has perfected this over several seasons. This made cars powered by Renault nearly unbeatable in 1992 and 1993. Nigel Mansell clinched the title 30 years ago, while Alain Prost celebrated his fourth and final championship before retiring in 1993.
With the B193B, Benetton herself for the first time owned a car with several driving aids. From the Monaco GP, these systems included traction control, active wheel suspension and a semi-automatic gearbox. The predecessor B192 did not have this aid. Benetton’s team had been hoping to get input on the various systems from Schumacher’s teammate Patrice. After all, the six-time GP winner traveled to Williams for six years and gained a lot of experience with electronics.
Schumacher celebrates victory
Patrice had nothing to ask for compared to his young fellow. Although he finished fifth in the world championship table, he was 32 points behind the Germans. Given the old scoring system, where there were only ten points for a winner, that’s a huge difference.
Near the end of the season, Schumacher celebrated success in his Benetton P193B. In Portugal’s Estoril, the German surprisingly won ahead of Alain Prost after finishing only sixth in qualifying. Prost won the world championship with second place.
After 1993, the FIA banned electronic driving aids in cars. Racing cars have become too fast for those in charge. In the 1994 season, Williams-Renault lost the big lead to Benetton. World Championship favorite Ayrton Senna, who switched from McLaren to Williams, has died after a poor start to the season at Imola. On the other hand, Schumacher was crowned world champion in Formula 1 for the first time after a difficult season.