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So close to victory…

19. Aug 2020 
by Ziv Knoll
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Hungary 1997: Defending World Champion Damon Hill, who had been having a difficult year in the uncompetitive and unreliable Arrows-Yamaha, had led comfortably for most of the race after qualifying third behind championship challengers Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve.

However, a hydraulic failure in the closing stages resulted in Villeneuve passing him on the final lap. It was to be the closest the Arrows team ever came to a Grand Prix victory.

After the race, the problem, which denied Arrows, Bridgestone and Yamaha their first ever victories, was diagnosed as a throttle linkage failure, caused by a broken washer worth not more than… 3 euros!