The first Formula 1 car driven by Michael sSchumacher it is for sale in the UK. Is he Jordan 191 Ford Cosworth HB with which the German rider made his debut in the Máxima in the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix.
The car was also driven by Andrea De Cesaris and Alex Zanardi. It is one of 7 years built and one of two driven by Schumacher, who in his debut season achieved a faster lap and finished second in a GP with this unit.
With this vehicle, Jordan finished fifth overall in the 1991 Formula 1 Constructors’ World Championship, behind McLaren, Williams, Ferrari and Benetton.
Among the awards obtained by this car, the Autosport Racing Car of the Year Award in 1991 and the award for the best Formula 1 car of all time by The Telegraph newspaper of the United Kingdom.
Jordan’s Formula 1 team was created in 1991 by Eddie Jordan, whose team had been successful in the F3000 International Championship. From the first test, the car was fast and performed above expectations for a new team. Such is so finished fourth and fifth in the Canadian Grand Prix, just the fifth of the year.
This particular car was first used by Andrea De Cesaris at the 1991 Hungarian GP. Two weeks later, the Jordan team selected the then young Michael Schumacher to drive at the Belgian GP in place of Bertrand Gachot, who had a legal problem over a street incident in London.
After some negotiations between Jordan, Mercedes-Benz and Willi Weber, Michael Schumacher’s manager, the German was confirmed as Gachot’s replacement. After a brief shakedown earlier in the week at the Silverstone South circuit, and despite not knowing the Spa circuit, he was immediately faster than his experienced teammate De Cesaris, who was considered a specialist on that track.
Michael started the Belgian GP in seventh place, but retired on the first lap after a clutch problem. However, his performance that weekend made him property and Flavio Briatore signed him to the Benetton F1 team the following week. Officially Schumacher’s F1 career had begun …
After use in the 1991 F1 World Championship, the 191-6 was sold to Belgian car collector Jean Blatton and remained in his collection until 2005. The car was purchased by Didier Siruge, who occasionally drove it in Boss F1. Series.
The 191-6 remains in operation to this day, and the Ford HB engine was rebuilt by Langford Performance Engineering, it was recently showcased at the Masters Historic Race Weekend in Donington Park in 2021.
Whoever buys it will be provided with a preheater, an impressive historical archive including a certificate of authenticity, a scale model signed by Schumacher and the original racing wheel framed in a display case.
The price was not informed, but it is a fact that it will not be cheap at all …