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 |  Mar 18 2012, 4:13 PM

This weekend’s Melbourne GP kicks off the 2012 Formula 1 season. After the third session of qualifying, Michael Schumacher displayed a return to form, qualifying 4th, well ahead of his teammate for Mercedes GP Nico Rosberg. Unfortunately, Schumacher’s Mercedes lost power out of turn 1 of the tenth lap, forcing an early retirement on an otherwise rapid display of performance.

Despite coming short at Melbourne this weekend, Michael Schumacher has enjoyed a remarkably long F1 career of more than 2 decades, and has officially broken and currently holds many records. According to the official Formula 1 website, Michael Schumacher is “statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen.” Schumacher has earned 7 driver’s championships, the most race victories, the most fastest laps, the most pole positions, the most points scored, and the most races won in a single season. In 2002, Schumacher became the only driver in Formula 1 history to finish in the top three in every single race of the season.

Michael Schumacher’s success all began when he joined the Benetton-Ford race team. What’s more, 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of a landmark year, the season where Michael Schumacher earned his first podium and scored his first victory in 1992 with Team Benetton. Coincidentally, racing fans can now own a piece of history: the 1992 season Benetton F1 car is now available for sale.

Despite a less powerful 3.5 liter Ford V8 engine and a lack of traction control, ABS, and computer driving aids, the Benetton B192 racing car possessed a well designed, nimble chassis that still demonstrated extreme pace under the hands of Michael Schumacher and teammate Martin Brundle. The B192 race car also features a double-wishbone push road suspension, a carbon-fiber monocoque as well as extensive carbon fiber and rare metal aero parts.
Interested? Contact race car restoration specialists Hall & Hall at their website.
Also, check out Michael Schumacher working his magic at the 1992 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos: