F1 car driven by Piquet and Schumacher to sell at Bonhams
A Formula 1 Grand Prix car driven by Nelson Piquet and Michael Schumacher could sell for more than $950,000 at Bonhams later this year.
The Benetton B-191-02 car was raced throughout the 1991 F1 season, and has since been restored to its original condition.
The car made its debut at the San Marino Grand Prix with Roberto Moreno at the wheel, and was later driven by his team-mate Piquet, in his final F1 season before retirement.
However, Benetton controversially replaced Moreno with Schumacher before the end of the year, and the young German future World Champion drove the car during his rookie season.
The car's finest moment came in the 1991 Canadian Grand Prix, which featured one of the most infamous ends to a race in F1 history.
British driver Nigel Mansel hit the front of the pack from the start, and remained in the lead until the final lap.
However, whilst slowing down at the L’Epingle hairpin to give the crowd a victory wave, Mansel managed to stall his own engine, allowing his bitter rival Piquet to sneak past him for a surprise win. It was the final F1 victory of Piquet's long career.
The Brazilian later drove the car to fifth place in the British Grand Prix and eighth place in France, before Schumacher finished the season driving it in Japan and Australia.
Following its retirement from racing the car became a museum exhibit, before undergoing a complete restoration in 2016, during which it was completely overhauled and rebuilt by an F1 specialist team.
The car will now be offered at auction for the first time with an estimate of €750,000 - €900,000 ($809,000 - $971,000).
"Presented in excellent running order, this is an opportunity to own a genuine, ‘on the button’ Grand Prix winning car driven by two of the greatest drivers ever to have taken to the tarmac," said the auction house.
The Bonhams Spa Classic sale takes place at the renowned Francorchamps racing circuit on May 21.
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