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Originally published: November 2019
1:18 Schumacher 1992 Belgian GP Benetton B192
Michael Schumacher scored his very first Formula One win at the 1992 Belgian Grand Prix. Another 90 would follow!
The 1992 season was completely dominated by the Williams-Renaults of Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese. But race day at Spa provided mixed conditions. The race started dry, then everyone had to pit for wets as the rain arrived. Then the circuit dried out again, so the key was timing the switch back to slicks.
And Schumacher nailed it. He was one of the first to come back into the pits, and lapped quickly enough to emerge in the lead once Mansell and Patrese had also come in for dry weather rubber. The young German would hold on to the top spot until the chequered flag, taking his first win exactly one year on from his F1 debut at the same circuit for the Jordan team.
Minichamps’ 1:18 replica comes complete with a driver figure with its arm raised in triumph. It is a limited edition of 1,992 pieces worldwide (see what they did there)! But Minichamps have already sold out of those 1,992 pieces, so when our last few remaining examples have gone, that will be it.