Friday, December 19, 2014
PMA 100-910019 p910019
Formula 1 1991
Benetton Ford B191 #19 Autopolis / Camel Moreno, Roberto
The Benetton B191 was late being produced and development ran in parallel with the first few races of the 1991 season. The B190B was used at the first two rounds with the B191 making its race debut at round three, the San Marino Grand Prix. Normally this would not be a recipe for success but the B191 was competitive straight out of the box, and Nelson Piquet sensationally won the Canadian Grand Prix, the fifth race of the season. John Barnard headed the B191 design but he left the team in the middle of the season. TWR acquired an interest in the team at this time and Ton Walkinshaw moved some of his personnel to the team. These included Ross Brawn, while Rory Byrne returned after a brief absence. The B191 was built around a brand new monocoque. Pushrod suspension was used all round (the active system was not raced), an under-nose front wing was used and power came from the Cosworth Ford HB pushing out 730bhp and driving through Benetton’s six speed gearbox. As well as the Canadian victory, Nelson Piquet went on to score points in five more races driving the B191: 5th at the British Grand Prix, 3rd in Belgium, 6th in Italy, 5th in Portugal and 4th in Australia. Piquet’s team mate Roberto Moreno had scored 8 points by the time of the Italian Grand Prix on September 8th and was stunned when an announcement was made a couple of days prior to first practice at Monza, that he was to be replaced by Michael Schumacher, who was leaving Jordan to join the Benetton team. Moreno had finished fourth in the previous race at Belgium coming in behind the two McLarens and his teammate and setting the fastest lap of the race.
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