After their acquisition of the Toleman Motorsport team in 1985, Benetton kept tweaking their turbocharged Ford-Cosworth engines until the switch to an all-new Ford HB engine came in 1989, starting the glory years for Benetton. With an incredibly talented German driver behind the wheel Benetton was overzealous to take on the Formula 1 stage.
The heavily-revised Benetton B192 car prepared for the 1992 Formula 1 season was a conventional approach to racing in comparison to cars from other teams. For instance, compared to the Williams FW14B that was fitted with active suspensions, ABS-brakes, the Benetton B192 came with passive suspensions and a sequential gearbox as compared to the semi-automatic on the Williams. This though wasn’t to dampen the young and incredibly talented Michael Schumacher’s spirits. The German wunderkind propelled the B192 to five podium places and also his maiden podium at the Belgian Grand Prix.
This particular example Benetton B192-01 was used by Michael Schumacher in Spain where he landed an impressive second place in qualifying, head of Ayrton Senna’s McLaren-Honda and behind the all-conquering Williams of Nigel Mansell. While Mansell took victory at the Spanish Grand Prix, it was Schumacher in this very Benetton B192 who took his maiden runner up spot in Formula 1. The immaculately presented Camel livery B192-01 with the exact same Ford HB engine heads for auction at the RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2018 sale. Photos by Tim Scott / RM Sotheby’s