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2.1 Benetton




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This article is from the Formula One Motor Racing FAQ, by mitchmcc@ultranet.com (Mitchell McCann) with numerous contributions by others.

2.1 Benetton

Engine: Renault RS9
Nationality: Italian (nominally British until '96)
Key personnel: Flavio Briatore - Managing Director
Year formed: 1970 - Toleman
Formula 1 debut: 1981
1996 car/drivers: B196 - Alesi, Berger
1997 car/drivers: B197 - Alesi, Berger
Address: Benetton Formula Ltd.
Whiteways Technical Centre
Enstone, Chipping Norton
Oxfordshire OX8 6XZ
U.K.


Benetton entered Formula 1 as a sponsor of the Tyrrell team in
1983 and then Alfa Romeo in '84 and '85. On January 1st 1986
they made the leap from sponsorship to ownership, buying the
Toleman team and moving into their premises in Witney in
England.In their first season they achieved two poles, one
victory (Berger at the Mexican GP) and 6th place in the
constructor's championship and they have improved steadily ever
since.

From '87 - '90 they finished 5th, 3rd, 4th and 3rd in the
championship. In '91 Schumacher made his F1 debut and was signed
to a full time ride in '92 partnered by Martin Brundle.
Schumacher and Benetton finished their respective championships
in 3rd. They could not improve on their performance in '93 but
by '94 Schumacher had become a force to be reckoned with and he
took the driver's championship in controversial fashion at the
end of a controversial season. In 95 Benetton completed the
sweep of driver's and constructor's championships with relative
ease. 96 was a disappointing year with design problems, engine
failure and lack-lustre driving performances leaving the team
without a victory and only third place in the constructor's
championship.


 

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