Classic Schumacher F1 car to be auctioned

Michael Schumacher first podium position car for sale

Michael Schumacher's first podium-position Formula One car is to be sold at auction later this month, with an estimated price of £240,000 to £300,000.

The car, a Benetton-Ford B191B, took the legendary German F1 driver to third place in the Mexican F1 race in 1992, in what would turn out to be the last Mexican grand prix to date.

This was only the eighth race of Schumacher's career, and proved a clear sign of things to come. Schumacher went on to take to the podium in Formula One races a further 154 times, with 91 of those seeing him on the top step, and he won the world championship a record seven times.

This car also took three-time Formula One world champion driver, Nelson Piquet, through his last grand prix on the scenic Australian street and parkland circuit in the 1991 season.

James Knight, Bonhams' Head of Motoring told the Telegraph: "We are delighted to be able to offer this running-order Formula One car which starred in landmark performances not by just one world champion driver, but by two – one of them Nelson Piquet, the other the great Michael Schumacher – outstanding grand prix racing stars who share between them no fewer than an incredible 10 Formula One world championship titles...

"This car really has enjoyed a fantastic career, and now more than two decades after its debut, it can make an exciting addition to any enthusiast's motoring collection."

Schumacher's first Benetton will be offered for sale during the Bonhams Bond Street Sale at the company's London headquarters on November 30.