Formula 1 Print 1993 - Michael Schumacher racing his Camel Benetton-Ford B193B at the 1993 Italain Grand Prix in Monza, Italy
Michael Schumacher (GER) in his Camel Cosworth DFV at the 1993 Italian Grand Prix at Monza on September 12th. The race was close in the later stages after Williams-Renault drivers Alain Prost (FRA), who having started on pole, had taken the lead at the beginning from his team mate Damon Hill (GBR).
Hill managed to close on Prost until, on lap 49, Prost's engine blew and Hill took the definitive lead and stayed there to earn his third consecutive victory, having already recorded the fastest lap. Schumacher went out with a blown engine on lap 21.
The Benetton B193 was a Formula One racing car designed by Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne and raced by Benetton team in the 1993 Formula One season. It was powered by the latest Cosworth HBA engine in an exclusive deal with Ford and it ran on Goodyear tyres.
The car is distinguishable from its predecessor due to its track being narrower per the regulations of 1993, and the addition of bargeboards at the San Marino Grand Prix. It is otherwise visually almost identical to the preceding car.
In terms of performance it was an improvement on the 1992 competitor.
It is arguable that it was overall the second most competitive car on the grid, behind the Williams, with Schumacher regularly scoring podiums and out-qualifying the single-lap ace Ayrton Senna in 8 of the 16 races of the season. Having a factory engine in contrast to McLaren having to make do with a customer unit gave Benetton a noticeable power advantage, although Williams used a far superior Renault V10 unit, however the McLaren had the edge at some races, in particular in wet conditions.
The 1993 Formula One season was the 44th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1993 FIA Formula One World Championship, which commenced on 14 March 1993 and ended on 7 November after sixteen races. Alain Prost won his fourth Drivers' world championship, and Williams-Renault retained their Constructors' world title.
The 1993 Formula One calendar saw the return of the European Grand Prix after a nine-year absence; the race was held at Donington Park, the only time it has hosted an F1 race. The only exit was the Mexican Grand Prix, after seven years at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, due to safety concerns with the circuit's very bumpy surface.
This season was significant in F1 history as it was when the cars were at the very height of electronics technology use; this year saw some of the most advanced and sophisicated Formula One cars ever built. For example, the championship winning Williams-Renault FW15C had in addition to its highly advanced hydrualically controlled active suspension a plethora of electronics aboard, including anti-lock brakes, fly-by-wire controls, traction control, a semi-automatic gearbox that could be switched over to fully automatic, power steering, highly sophisicated on-board telemetry, pneumatic valve springs in the engine, and even a "push to pass" system that made overtaking easier for drivers Alain Prost and Damon Hill- this system had the active suspension raise the back of the car at speed and raised the engine up 300 revs so the car would be faster down the straights due to a slight lack of down force than before- one could say this was a precursor to DRS. Williams also tested a continuously variable transmission but this system was banned as well. Nearly all cars in 1993 had an active suspension system, which kept the car's ride height consistent all throughout a lap, which made the aerodynamics of the car far more effective. Although widely considered not to be a driver aid, this system and all the aforementioned systems except for telemetry and pneumatic valve springs were banned for the 1994 season.
After the season, Prost left Williams and retired from Grand Prix racing, with title runner-up Ayrton Senna replacing him. Since Senna would fatally crash early on the next season, the 1993 season saw the last wins for these two drivers that had dominated Formula One for several years, winning seven of the nine titles between 1985 and 1993. Prost became the first Formula One driver to win 50 Grands Prix in the British Grand Prix. Senna had a memorable season in spite of falling short of the title, winning his home race, a remarkable win dominating at Donington Park and a record-breaking fifth consecutive Monaco Grand Prix win. Nevertheless, Prost's Williams retained its pace advantage of the previous season and he was in full control of the title race from mid-season onwards. 1993 also marked the first three wins of Damon Hill, who won three races on the trot in his first full Formula One season at the age of 33.