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Benetton-Renault B195 (1995) as used by Michael Schumacher (No 1) from the Benetton F1 team at the Technik Museum Sinsheim (Germany)

The Benetton-Renault B195 is a Formula One racing car designed by Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn for use by the Benetton F1 team in the 1995 Formula One World Championship. Driven by Michael Schumacher (No1) and Johnny Herbert (No 2), the car took 11 out of 17 wins throughout the season, securing the Drivers' Championship title for Michael Schumacher and the Constructors' Championship title for Benetton. On 23 August 1994 Renault announced they would be an engine supplier to the Benetton F1 team. The B195 is similar to its predecessor, the B194, but a change of engine supplier from Ford to Renault resulted in a redesign of the engine installation, gearbox and rear suspension. The car was powered by the same Renault RS7 V10 engine used by Benetton's rivals, Williams, in their FW17. Being less stable than the FW17, the B195 was seen by most paddock insiders as inferior to its rival. The B195 was said to be very twitchy to drive and Schumacher was quite critical of the car. Benetton F1 team won its first (and only) Constructors' Championship that season, but most of their key technical staff defected to Ferrari when Schumacher signed for them for the 1996 season.

On 23 August 1991 a young racing driver who was to make racing sport history before long, made his entry on the Formula One scene. Eddy Jordan gave a certain Michael Schumacher the chance to take a whiff of the Belgian Grand Prix in his Jordan-Ford F1 team. With a polite "thank you", Schumacher drove the Jordan-Ford straight to starting grid number 7 in the qualifications at Spa- Francorchamps, Belgium. A clutch defect in the subsequent race, unfortunately, brought this flight of fancy to a sudden end. In spite of this brief appearance Flavio Briatore had taken notice of the young German driver. The boss of the Benetton F1 team was just then searching for a hungry young pilot to act as an incentive for his top-driver Nelson Piquet who was getting on in years. In a clandestine operation he attracted Schumacher away from Jordan, shoving him into his Benetton. This was the end of the three-time world-champion. Schumacher's predominance over the ex-champion was so immense that, after the 1991 season, the latter, unnerved, abdicated from the Formula One scene to retire into the American cart series. In the following year Michael Schumacher performed his first complete F1-season. In the end his score consisted of 53 world-championship points, the first victory which he won at the Grand-Prix of Belgium in Spa-Francorchamps, and the third place in the drivers' rating. Following a further year of apprenticeship, which he concluded as number four, the feat was finally accomplished in 1994 - with Michael Schumacher a German driver had become world-champion in Formula One for the first time. Just one year later he was able to repeat this feat with the Benetton-Renault B195 shown here.

The Technik Museum Sinsheim (Sinsheim Museum of Technology) is a technology museum with a strong emphasis on motorized means of transport.
It has been located in the town of Sinsheim (south-east of Heidelberg) in the German state of Baden-Württemberg since its opening in 1981. The two supersonic airliners Concorde and Tupolev Tu-144, which are standing together, are the most striking attraction, but the museum has several collections. The collection includes: aircraft, classic vintage cars, racing- and classic motorcycles, racy sports cars, Formula One legends, extensive militaria, mechanical, rarities and fashions. The museum was founded by car enthusiasts, with the entrepreneur Eberhard Layher as initiator. In addition, the museum also features an IMAX 3D cinema with state-of-the-art 4K technology and a 22x27 metre (about 72x88 ft) projection screen. The museum is connected to the Technik Museum Speyer (Speyer Museum of Technology) in the city of Speyer, which is 34 kilometres (21 mi) to the west.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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Monday 30 May 2016
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