The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02

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1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. B193B-02

Sold for CHF 93,150 (US$ 100,796) inc. premium
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place
1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. B193B-02
• Decommissioned Show Car without Engine/Gearbox
• Points-scoring Chassis in four Races
• Driven by Riccardo Patrese

Footnotes

  • Benetton Formula Ltd built and campaigned Formula 1 Grand Prix cars from 1986 until 2001. The team was owned by the Italian Benetton family whose fortune derived from their legendary global knitwear and clothing brand. The Formula 1 team was chaired by Alessandro Benetton from 1988 to 1998, indulging the family's enthusiasm for motor racing which extended way back before they had first sponsored the Tyrrell Formula 1 team in 1983, followed by Alfa Romeo 1984-85 and adding the British-based Toleman team that latter season. Since that organization was in sorry decline, Benetton purchased the operation at the end of 1985, to re-emerge as Benetton Formula Ltd for 1986.

    The contemporary Toleman TG186 chassis was adopted for that season, renamed the Benetton B186. Where the Tolemans had used Hart turbocharged engines, Benetton arranged alternative supply from BMW. From 1987 the Benetton cars were powered by Ford Formula 1 engines.

    The family fostered Italian drivers, and the 1989 Japanese GP saw Alessandro Nannini score the team's first Grand Prix victory. From 1990 Italian entrepreneur Flavio Briatore was appointed team principal and in 1992 Tom Walkinshaw Racing – formerly responsible for Jaguar's highly successful Group C endurance racing campaign – took a share in the company while its chief engineer Ross Brawn directed Benetton Formula's engineering operations.

    Benetton had long fostered the career of rising German star driver Michael Schumacher. In their 1993 team he was joined by Riccardo Patrese. Benetton had ended the 1992 Formula 1 World Championship season third in the Constructors' Championship with 91 points scored. Its B192 car had proved competitive and its replacement B193 model matched that level. Schumacher had won the Belgian GP of 1992, and he would win the 1993 Portuguese GOP in the B193B. The team again finished third in the year's Formula 1 Constructors' Championship, with 72 points, headed only by McLaren-Ford and title winners Williams-Renault.

    During the winter of 1992-93 a colossal volume of work had been undertaken by Benetton to perfect the B193 – designed essentially by South African Rory Byrne of later multiple Championship-winning fame with the combination of Ferrari, Schumacher and Ross Brawn. Their work embraced everything from automatic gearboxes to active suspension and traction control. Narrower tyres were mandated for 1993 and the team concluded that their original plan – which had been to race a revised version of the 1992 car into the new season – would prove inadequate. Therefore, the B193B design began from scratch, the first car not ready to race until April. The cars were built in a new 85,000 square foot factory, and from the Imola race forward these B193B cars with their Ford HB 75-degree V8-cylinder engines proved competitive in the hands of drivers Schumacher and Patrese.

    This particular chassis – number '2' – appeared first as the team's spare car before being used for testing and then finally emerging as a race chassis for Riccardo Patrese in the year's German GP at Hockenheim. Patrese proved very consistent in this car, accumulating four consecutive World Championship points-scoring finishes – including a fine second place behind Damon Hill (winning his first Grand Prix race with Williams-Renault) in Hungary.

    Riccardo Patrese failed to finish the year's Portuguese GP at Estoril after colliding with Derek Warwick's Footwork-Mugen-Honda. This Benetton-Ford 'B193B-02' – was not badly damaged, and after repair it reappeared as the team's spare chassis for both the end-of-season Japanese and Australian GP races.

    Looking back on that 1993 season Ross Brawn recalled with typical candour: "It was interesting for us because we were up against McLaren – a top class team – using the same engine as us. At the beginning of the season, they did a better job than we did. But, from Imola onwards we started to get our act together". By the autumn of that year Schumacher was able to press the Williams drivers – Alain Prost and Damon Hill – with a car which was better-developed than their Williams-Renault in high-speed corners. However, the Williams team had greater experience of racing active suspension than Benetton and that proved to be an advantage for the Renault-powered team towards the end of the season. Riccardo Patrese – having driven the active-suspension Williamses through 1992 – brought much knowledge to Benetton which proved invaluable early in the 1993 season with these B193B cars so equipped.

    This Benetton-Ford is offered here as a highly attractive and collectible World Championship points-scoring chassis from a respected marque, associated with formidable drivers and as designed and developed by such well-known – indeed immensely respected – names within Formula 1 history as Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne and suspension development specialist Pat Symonds.... This sleek projectile embodies a most respectable history. Please be advised that the car has been decommissioned and is being offered as a show car only without engine, gearbox and electronics.

    1993 BENETTON-FORD 'B193B-02' RACING RECORD
    European GP, Donington Park Spare car
    San Marino GP, Imola Spare car

    Test car until...

    German GP, Hockenheim Patrese - q.7 – 5th – scoring Championship points
    Hungarian GP, Hungaroring Patrese – q. 5th – 2nd – scoring Championship points
    Belgian GP, Spa-Francorchamps Patrese – q. 8th – 6th – scoring Championship points
    Italian GP, Monza Patrese – q.10th – 5th – scoring Championship points
    Portuguese GP, Estoril Patrese – q.7th – Rtd – collision

    Japanese GP, Suzuka Spare car
    Australian GP, Adelaide Spare car


    Voiture de Riccardo Patrese, 2e au GP de Hongrie
    1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Monoplace de Formule 1

    •Show car sans moteur / boite de vitesses
    •Châssis marquant des points lors de quatre courses
    •Pilotée par Riccardo Patrese

    Châssis n° B193B-02

    Benetton Formula Ltd a construit et engagé en Formule 1 des voitures de Grand Prix, de 1986 à 2001. Cette équipe était la propriété de la famille italienne Benetton, qui avait fait fortune avec ses lignes de vêtements et de tricots mondialement connues. L'équipe de Formule 1 était présidée de 1988 à 1998 par Alessandro Benetton, ce qui satisfaisait la passion de la famille pour la compétition automobile, apparue avant même qu'elle ne commence à soutenir l'équipe Tyrrell de Formule 1 en 1983, puis celle d'Alfa Romeo en 1984-85, puis enfin la saison suivante l'équipe britannique Toleman. Celle-ci était en perte de vitesse, et Benetton la racheta fin 1985 pour la faire renaître sous le nom de Benetton Formula Ltd pour la saison 1986.

    On adopta pour cette saison le châssis Toleman TG186 d'alors, qu'on renomma Benetton B186, mais alors que Toleman utilisait des moteurs turbo Hart, Benetton fit appel à des moteurs BMW. Et à partir de 1987, les Benetton adoptèrent des moteurs de Formule 1 Ford.

    La famille privilégiait des pilotes italiens, et c'est Alessandro Nannini qui apporta à l'équipe sa première victoire en Grand Prix, lors du GP du Japon 1989. A partir de 1990, l'homme d'affaires italien Flavio Briatore fut nommé patron de l'équipe et, en 1992, Tom Walkinshaw Racing, qui était à l'origine des succès de Jaguar dans les épreuves d'endurance du Groupe C, acquit des parts de la société ; en parallèle, son ingénieur en chef Ross Brawn prit la direction du bureau d'études de Benetton Formula.

    Benetton favorisait depuis longtemps l'étoile montante des pilotes allemands, Michael Schumacher, et Riccardo Patrese rejoignit l'équipe en 1993. Benetton avait terminé la saison 1992 du Championnat du monde de Formule 1 en troisième position du Championnat des constructeurs, avec 91 points. Sa B192 s'était montrée compétitive, et sa remplaçante la B193 était à sa hauteur. Schumacher avait remporté le GP de Belgique 1992, et il triompha au volant de la B193B lors du GP de Portugal 1993. Cette année-là, avec 72 points, l'équipe termina à nouveau troisième le Championnat des constructeurs de Formule 1, devancée par McLaren-Ford et par le tenant du titre Williams-Renault.

    L'hiver 1992-93 fut consacré aux énormes travaux entrepris par Benetton pour améliorer la B193, menés essentiellement sous la houlette du Sud-Africain Rory Byrne qui devait par la suite s'illustrer avec de nombreux succès en Championnat pour le trio Ferrari, Schumacher, Ross Brawn. Ces travaux portèrent sur tout, des boîtes automatiques aux suspensions actives en passant par l'antipatinage. On retint pour 1993 des pneus plus étroits, et l'équipe parvint à la conclusion que le schéma pressenti, engager pour la future saison une version améliorée de la B192, ne serait pas le bon. C'est ainsi que la B193B fut reconçue à partir de zéro et que la première voiture ne fut pas en mesure de courir avant avril. Les voitures, construites dans une usine de près de 8 000 m² et équipées de V8 Ford HB à 75 degrés, furent confiées à Schumacher et Patrese, entre les mains desquels elles se révélèrent compétitives dès le GP d'Imola.

    Le châssis proposé – le numéro '2' – a d'abord été la voiture de secours de l'équipe avant de servir pour les essais et de finir par courir avec Riccardo Patrese lors du GP d'Allemagne d'Hockenheim de cette année. Patrese se révéla très régulier avec cette voiture et accumula en Championnat du monde quatre prises de points consécutives, dont une place de deuxième au GP de Hongrie derrière Damon Hill, qui gagnait alors son premier Grand Prix, sur Williams-Renault.

    Riccardo Patrese ne put terminer cette année-là le GP du Portugal, à Estoril, à cause d'une collision avec la Footwork-Mugen-Honda de Derek Warwick. Sa Benetton-Ford, la B193B-02, ne fut pas gravement endommagée et, une fois réparée, elle servit de châssis de secours pour les deux derniers GP de la saison, celui du Japon et celui d'Australie.

    A propos de la saison 1993, Ross Brawn se souvient, avec la franchise qui le caractérise, que "c'était intéressant pour nous car nous nous battions contre McLaren, une équipe de premier plan qui utilisait le même moteur que nous. Au début de la saison, ils avaient de meilleurs résultats que nous. Mais, à partir d'Imola, nous nous sommes ressaisis." A l'automne de cette année, Schumacher était en mesure de challenger les pilotes Williams, Alain Prost et Damon Hill, avec une voiture qui se comportait mieux que leur Williams-Renault dans les virages rapides. Mais l'équipe Williams avait davantage que Benetton l'habitude de courir avec des suspensions actives, ce qui se révéla vers la fin de saison être un avantage pour cette équipe motorisée par Renault. Riccardo Patrese, qui avait piloté des Williams à suspension active en 1992, fit bénéficier Benetton de sa riche expérience du sujet, ce qui se révéla extrêmement précieux pour les B193B de la saison 1993, qui en étaient équipées.

    La Benetton-Ford proposée est un châssis qui a remporté de nombreux points en Championnat du monde ; c'est un objet extrêmement fascinant et digne d'entrer dans une collection, produit par une marque respectée, associé à des pilotes d'exception, conçu et développé par des personnages connus et unanimement respectés, des noms de l'histoire de la Formule 1 tels que Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne et Pat Symonds, le spécialiste des suspensions... Cet élégant projectile est l'incarnation d'une histoire des plus honorables.

    Veuillez noter que la voiture a été mise hors service et est proposée en tant que voiture d'exposition sans moteur, boite de vitesses et électronique.

    PALMARES EN COURSE DE LA BENETTON-FORD B193B-02 1993
    GP d'Europe à Donington Park Voiture de secours
    GP de San Marin, à Imola Voiture de secours

    Voiture d'essais jusqu'aux...

    GP d'Allemagne, à Hockenheim Patrese – q. 7e – 5e – Points au Championnat
    GP de Hongrie, Hungaroring Patrese – q. 5e – 2e – Points au Championnat
    GP de Belgique, à Spa-Francorchamps Patrese – q. 8e – 6e – Points au Championnat


    GP d'Italie, à Monza Patrese – q. 10e – 5e – Points au Championnat
    GP du Portugal, à Estoril Patrese – q. 7e – Collision

    GP du Japon, à Suzuka Voiture de secours
    GP d'Australie, à Adélaïde Voiture de secours
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The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
The Ex-Riccardo Patrese, Hungarian GP 2nd place,1993 Benetton-Ford B193B Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. B193B-02
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