Schumacher's Benetton F1 car to auction through Coys

The Benetton B191 Ford Cosworth driven by seven-time champion Michael Schumacher in his first F1 season will auction through Coys at the Nurburgring, Germany on August 10.

Michael Schumacher Grand Prix car
Schumacher raced the Benetton car to fifth place at Monza in his first season

Nelson Piquet and Roberto Moreno originally drove the car in the 1991 season, but after Benetton boss Flavio Briatore signed the German for the team mid-campaign, Schumacher made his team debut at the Monza Grand Prix, replacing Moreno.

Schumacher went on to secure fifth place at Monza in the Benetton car, and finished sixth in both the 1991 Portuguese and Spanish Grand Prixs.

Schumacher had made his F1 debut earlier in the season, when he drove for Jordan-Ford at the Belgian Grand Prix - his only outing for the team.

"This is a stunning and fine handling racing car. B191 05 represents a highly important piece of both Benetton and Michael Schumacher's history. It is an opportunity not to be missed," commented Coys' managing director Chris Routledge.

It remains in superb race-ready condition, thanks to a restoration by a leading British Formula One specialist, who returned it to the exact 1991 Benetton specification. It has since appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in both 2003 and 2006.

Grand Prix driver Martin Brundle said of the car: "Fits like an old pair of trainers. It was always such an easy car to drive. It would step out a little bit at the back, but it would go no further… it was really stable".

At this year's Goodwood festival, the world auction record for any car was set by the 1954 Mercedes W196 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio at $29.6m.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has an excellent selection of Formula One memorabilia for sale, including signed items from Jim Clark, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

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