Benetton B192

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Benetton B192
1992 Benetton-Ford B192 Goodwood, 2009.JPG
Category Formula One
Constructor Benetton
Designer(s) Ross Brawn
Rory Byrne
Predecessor B191
Successor B193
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Carbon fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbone, pushrod
Suspension (rear) Double wishbone, pushrod
Engine Ford HBA5 / HBA7, 3,498 cc (213.5 cu in), 75° V8, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Benetton transverse 6-speed Manual Transmission
Fuel Mobil
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Camel Benetton Ford
Notable drivers 19. Germany Michael Schumacher
20. United Kingdom Martin Brundle
Debut 1992 Spanish Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
13 1 0 2
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Benetton B192 was a Formula One racing car designed by Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne and raced by the Benetton team in the 1992 Formula One season.

The car had a delayed start in 1992 being debuted at the Spanish Grand Prix while the team made do with an upgraded version of their 1991 challenger for the opening three rounds.

Competition History[edit]

The car was quite competitive with Michael Schumacher and Martin Brundle scoring many podiums with it. Schumacher, in his first full F1 season, came of age as a Grand Prix driver when he won the rain-affected Belgian Grand Prix after a clever pit strategy put him in the lead and he was never bothered.

Schumacher driving the B192 at the 1992 Monaco Grand Prix.

The car had a very well designed, nimble chassis and it made the most of the disadvantages it inherited with the under-powered Ford V8. It didn't have the sophisticated driver aids of its rivals[citation needed] lacking traction control and ABS.

When Martin Brundle drove the B192 again in 2008 at Silverstone, he recalled that although it was slightly tail-happy, it was very comfortable to drive and said of it "...I can live with it, it's great!".[2] It was a substantial improvement over the previous year's car which Brundle described as being "very heavy on the steering", "a real challenge to drive ... and sometimes it felt like a bathtub with a loose wheel".[3]

Benetton eventually finished 3rd in the Constructor's Championship after scoring points in every race of the season, with Schumacher even finishing 3rd in the Driver's Championship with 53 points, perhaps surprisingly ahead of reigning world champion Ayrton Senna, who won three races to Schumacher's one but who struggled with retirements.

Legacy[edit]

Although not held in awe like some of its more successful contemporaries, the B192 was recognised as a step forward for the Benetton team. Rory Byrne's philosophy of "evolution not revolution" meant that many of this car's features were integrated into the design of Schumacher's title-winning '94 and '95 Benettons.

Benetton-Ford B192 at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2009

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Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Engine Tyres Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts. WCC
1992 Benetton Formula Ltd Ford HBA5 / HBA7
V8
G RSA MEX BRA ESP SMR MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN AUS 91* 3rd
Michael Schumacher 2 Ret 4 2 Ret 4 3 Ret 1 3 7 Ret 2
Martin Brundle Ret 4 5 Ret 3 3 4 5 4 2 4 3 3

* 11 points scored using the Benetton B191B


References[edit]

  1. ^ "STATS F1 • Benetton B192". Statsf1.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  2. ^ Brundle, Martin (2008). ITV - Formula 1 coverage (Television). Silverstone Circuit. Retrieved 2012-09-21. YouTube title: Brundle Drives-1992 Benetton B192 
  3. ^ Brundle, Martin. ITV - Formula 1 coverage (Television). Donington Park. Retrieved 2012-09-21. YouTube title: Martin Brundle compares 1992 Benetton against 2000 Ferrari 

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