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Podcast: Villeneuve's Schumacher-enraging F1 peak

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Was beating Michael Schumacher to the 1997 world championship in their dramatic Jerez showdown the best performance of Jacques Villeneuve's Formula 1 career?

Or did he peak immediately with his pole and near victory on his debut in the 1996 Australian GP?

As Glenn Freeman, Ben Anderson and Matt Beer explain on the latest episode of Bring Back V10s, there's a strong case that Villeneuve's greatest F1 day was instead that year's Portuguese GP.

On a day when the world expected Damon Hill to seal the title, Villeneuve came back from a distant fourth place to beat his Williams team-mate to victory and keep the championship fight alive, via a round-the-outside passing move on Michael Schumacher that has immediately entered F1 legend - yet left Schumacher himself extremely unimpressed.

We also delve into what was going on in the driver market amid the fallout from Williams dropping Hill, including why his future employer Jordan spurned him at this point, and consider what would've happened if Stewart's bid to snatch him had succeeded.

Bring Back V10s is available through all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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