On February 2, Bonhams auction house will be auctioning off the Jordan 191 that Michael Schumacher first trained on in 1991 at Spa-Francorchamps. Bonhams hopes for a retail price of two million euros.
The first practice session for the 1991 Belgian Prix at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps: young German Michael Schumacher achieved an impressive eighth place in his first practice session as part of the GP weekend. Schumi hit Formula 1 like lightning.
During the first laps in the Ardennes, Schumacher sat in chassis number 6 of the Eddie Jordan racing team, and this GP racing car – for many fans still one of the best Formula 1 cars to date – now goes under hammer
British Auction House Bonhams is auctioning chassis number 6 on February 2 in Paris. Bonhams experts believe that the sale price of up to two million euros is realistic.
Chassis number 6 was then used by Jordan in a race with Italian Andrea de Cesaris. The Italian was closing in on leader Ayrton Senna until the Cosworth’s engine gave out four laps from the end. Roma cried tears of pain. Michael Schumacher had to retire in another chassis shortly after the start due to a defect.
Chassis number 6 was also driven by Alex Zanardi in the 1991 GP season and is ready to run. The car was owned by Belgian Jean «Beurlys» Blaton for years, then bought by French Didier Sirgue, who drove the car in the Boss series of historic Grand Prix racing cars.
In 2021, his colleagues at British Sky organized a special type of Formula 1 test for the then junior Ferrari driver and Haas GP driver Mick Schumacher – the 2020 Formula 2 champion was allowed to drive chassis no. 6 let his father slip.
Mick said at the time: “Emotionally, a car like this from the 1990s is definitely something completely different. It starts with the steering wheel – suddenly I didn’t have any buttons on the steering wheel anymore, so I didn’t learn anything from that. In addition, without of course, no rocker switch, but a classic H circuit. I had never driven something like this in a racing car before!”
“The engine revs better between 9000 rpm and 12000 rpm. That was really fun. Unfortunately, I only had a little foam in the cockpit, not the actual seat. As a result, I rocked back and forth in the car. When braking, I slipped so much in the cockpit that I almost couldn’t see the track anymore!”
“Actually, I never reached the limits of the car. Not having all the safety features of our modern racers like Halo wouldn’t stop me from stepping on the gas. But I found it strange to sit with your shoulders out so much. Basically, the car is like a big go-kart: the chassis, the engine, the tires, it’s done. It all felt very basic and exciting. It was an incredible experience.”