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Benetton B189

Benetton B189
Benetton B189B
Category Formula One
Constructor Benetton
Designer(s) Rory Byrne
Predecessor B188
Successor B190
Technical specifications[1][2]
Chassis Carbon fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbone, pushrod
Suspension (rear) Double wishbone, pushrod
Engine Ford HBA1, 3,493 cc (213.2 cu in), 75° V8, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Benetton transverse 6-speed manual
Fuel Mobil
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Benetton Formula Ltd
Notable drivers 19. Italy Alessandro Nannini
20. Italy Emanuele Pirro
20. Brazil Nelson Piquet
Debut 1989 French Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
12 1 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Benetton B189 was a Formula One racing car designed by Rory Byrne and raced by the Benetton team in the 1989 Formula One season. The car replaced the B188 that had been in use from the 1988 season.

The car was due to be available from the start of the season but was delayed by various problems as it was designed to take Ford's new HBA4 V8 engine which was in constant development. It was also delayed as the teams lead driver Alessandro Nannini had crashed it during testing. The car finally appeared at the French Grand Prix where Nannini qualified 4th but retired with broken rear suspension on lap 40. A second B189 was made available from the German Grand Prix and was driven by McLaren test driver Emanuele Pirro.

The B189 got its only win at the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix when Nannini finished 2nd on the road but was awarded the win after McLaren's Ayrton Senna was disqualified.

A modified version of the car, the B189B, raced in the first two races of the 1990 Formula One season. The car was again driven by Alessandro Nannini who was joined at Benetton by three time World Drivers' Champion Nelson Piquet.

The B189B was replaced after the second race of the 1990 season by the B190.


Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Team/Chassis Engine Tyres Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts. WCC
1989 Benetton
B189
Ford HBA4
V8
G BRA SMR MON MEX USA CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 39 4th
Alessandro Nannini Ret 3 Ret Ret 5 Ret 4 Ret 1 2
Emanuele Pirro Ret 8 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 5
1990 Benetton
B189B
Ford HBA4
V8
G USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 71 3rd
Alessandro Nannini 11 10
Nelson Piquet 4 6

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