Damon Hill: ‘bring him on’
For 1996, David Coulthard had left the Williams team to join Mika Hakkinen at McLaren, and Frank Williams and Patrick Head replaced him with Canadian Jacques Villeneuve, who had won the CART series title and the Indy 500 in 1995.
Damon Hill remained with the team, well decided to have another go at the Drivers’ World Title.
Damon Hill: “I wasn’t too concerned about who came to Williams, remember I had been understudy to Mansell, team-mate to Alain Prost and taken over as number one after the loss of Ayrton Senna… so you could say I’d been toughened up. I thought ‘bring him on’, and as Jacques was at the top of his game it was another chance for me to tackle someone who was well regarded.”
Just the way Williams liked it: two racers, two strong characters and no team orders.
Damon Hill became the 1996 Formula One World Champion after finishing twice runner-up the previous years. He won 8 Grand Prix to 4 for Villeneuve and Williams easily captured the World Championship for Makes.