‘Jacques was fast’

19. Mar 2020 
by Ziv Knoll

Melbourne 1996. The 58-lap race was won by Damon Hill, driving a Williams-Renault. Hill’s teammate Jacques Villeneuve, making his Formula One debut, sensationally took pole position and led most of the race, before an oil leak enabled Hill to catch and pass him in the closing laps. Eddie Irvine finished third in a Ferrari.

Damon Hill remembers: “Jacques was fast but he couldn’t get away. In fact I was so close my car turned orange from his oil. It has since become known as the ‘Orange Car’. Then he had a little ‘off’ which might have dislodged a pipe and he had to back off making it easier for me to pass. So I nicked it off him. Sorry mate.”

Source: 96f1champ

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