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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1993
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:August 08, 2017
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe Benetton team ended the the 1992 Formula 1 World Championship third in the constructors' standings. This was up from fourth in 1991 and the direct result of the new design team headed by Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne. Building on the success of 1992, the team created an evolution of the B192 to create the new-for-1993 B193. The team also started the season with an exclusive deal for Ford Cosworth's latest V8 engine and the hugely talented driver line-up of Michael Schumacher and Riccardo Patrese.

Some of the changes carried through to create the B193 were made to comply with the new regulations and included a narrower track. Other changes were mainly aerodynamic like a taller nose, new barge boards from the San Marino Grand Prix onwards and a revised rear wing. The car was powered by the latest HB Ford Cosworth engine. The narrow-angle V8 was mated to a transversely mounted six-speed gearbox, which was actuated by paddles behind the steering wheel. Four-wheel steering was also used late in the season.

It was a relatively difficult start to the season with a pair of retirements for Patrese and a single third for Schumacher in Brazil. By contrast, Ayrton Senna finished first and second using a similar specification of the Ford engine in his McLaren. This prompted Ford to lift the exclusivity for the new HBA8 specification V8 that would become available by round three and share the engines between both the McLaren and Benetton teams.

There was nothing either Ford-engined team could do about the dominant Renault-powered Williams FW14Bs but a consistent run by both Benetton drivers meant that the team fought with McLaren for second in the standings for much of the year. Schumacher eventually only scored a single victory but also finished second on five occasions and third three times as well. Senna's five wins eventually helped McLaren place second ahead of Benetton in third in the final standings.

For 1994, Benetton was once against the exclusive engine partner for Ford and the car design was further refined. With Schumacher behind the wheel, it proved a particularly potent package and he would go to win eight of the sixteen rounds and was crowned World Champion at the end of the year.

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