Alessandro Nannini Signed Benetton Ford F1 B188/89 MOMO Steering Wheel
A fantastic bespoke MOMO steering wheel sourced direct from the Benetton team in the late 1980’s when it was gaining performance momentum in the era of dominance by McLaren. Complete with original radio switch and spacer mount for the QR bracket, with the Benetton ‘rabbit’ team badge centrally mounted to the flat bottom ‘D’ shaped wheel.
Talented Italian driver Alessandro Nannini won the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix in the most controversial manner after Senna was notoriously disqualified from 1st after receiving Marshall assistance to rejoin the race and effectively cut the chicane at Suzuka, stemming from his collusion with team ‘mate’ Prost, who won the title and moved to Ferrari with the coveted #1.
Nannini hand signed this steering wheel in silver marker at the end of the 1989 season, since which it has been stored in a private collection. Sadly his F1 career was ended in 1990 when he severed his forearm in a helicopter crash but he went on to race in DTM.