Michael Schumacher’s first-ever F1 car from 1991 Belgian Grand Prix debut up for
sale for £1.25m.
The legendary Michael Schumacher made his F1 debut at the Belgian Grand Prix in 1991,
and the stunning Jordan 191 he drove that weekend could be yours for only £1.25m!
What a bargain. Schumacher was 21-year-old in 1991 and signed to Mercedes’ junior
driver program when he received the call to replace Bertrand Gachot.
The Frenchman missed the Belgian Grand Prix due to a court hearing over a taxi driver
assault which would see him serve two months in prison.
Meanwhile, talks between the newly-formed Jordan team and Mercedes allowed
Schumacher to race and he impressed in a Silverstone test before his first-ever ride
around the intimidating circuit at Spa.
The 191, up for sale on Speedmaster, had been driven by team-mate Andrea de Cesaris
earlier that season but the Italian shunned it ahead of the race.
This particular car, which had already finished seventh at the previous GP in Hungary,
was then taken back by De Cesaris for the race and looked good for a podium finish
before an oil pressure failure.
Meanwhile, Schumacher’s debut ended on lap one as a clutch issue hit the spare car.
The German had done enough to convince the F1 paddock of his abilities and Flavio
Briatore’s ambitious Benetton team swooped, signing him immediately and delivering
two world championships as a legendary career unfolded.
The 191 on sale today then became the spare car as IndyCar hero Alex Zanardi and
Roberto Moreno later raced for Jordan that season.