Grand Prix Gold: 1996 British GP

Grand Prix Gold: 1996 British GP

It was meant to be Damon Hill's day, but a poor start and a loose wheel handed Jacques Villeneuve the advantage - even if post-race protests meant he had to wait for three hours to finally have his victory confirmed

The battle, if so it may be called, began only after the race. Jacques Villeneuve took the chequered flag at the end of the British Grand Prix, but it was not until three and a half hours later that he was confirmed as winner of the race, a Benetton protest having failed.

If Villeneuve drove a flawless race to victory, Damon Hill, of course, was the man the crowd wished to see win at home. Hill narrowly beat his Williams-Renault team-mate to the pole, but made a poor start, and was engulfed by several cars in the opening seconds, never getting higher than fourth before spinning into retirement, this precipitated by a loose front wheel.

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