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A Benetton-Ford Formula 1 race car that was piloted by Michael Schumacher, Nelson Piquet and Martin Brundle is heading to auction in Monaco.
Dating from the 1991-92 World Championship season, the 3.5-litre Formula 1 car is the very vehicle that Michael Schumacher achieved his first podium place at the 1992 Mexican Grand Prix.
It was also the car that Nelson Piquet completed his last Grand Prix race in, at the Australian Grand Prix in 1991.
John Barnard, the British design engineer behind the car, said: "When it first came out, everyone was jumping up and down about the nose... It was similar in concept to that of the Tyrrell 019 – very swept up at the front to improve aerodynamics. However, I didn't think it needed the gull-wing arrangement used by Tyrrell, so we built a model and tested in the wind tunnel and it worked well.
"Nelson Piquet took first place in the Canadian Grand Prix in 1991 driving the B191, which was very pleasing. Every car I had designed up to that point had won in its first season – and Piquet maintained that record. I left the team about that time, so I missed out on Michael Schumacher's arrival, though he did drive my car in the last five races of '91 and the first three of '92."