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Nobody’s responded to my last post, and I apologize for the shameless double post, but here’s something that, along with the Williams FW14B, ignited my interest in F1 at a very early age: the 1992 Benetton B192.

With conventional suspension, a Cosworth V8 and a manual gearbox, it may have been underpowered and unsophisticated compared to the all-conquering Williams, but it gave Michael Schumacher his first-ever Grand Prix win (the last one ever, in fact, to be claimed by a car with a conventional H-pattern gearbox), more than 25 years ago. And it looks so much better than today’s hybrid monstrosities, with cleaner lines and better proportions overall.

Listen to it and the case for the FIA making natural aspiration mandatory again (no hybrid tech here!) will grow stronger by the second.

Here’s what Schumacher’s teammate at the time - current Sky Sports commentator Martin Brundle - had to say when he drove the car for the first time since retirement: