Grand Prix Gold: 1997 British GP

Grand Prix Gold: 1997 British GP

Jacques Villeneuve wanted sun, and Michael Schumacher rain. The Williams man got lucky in more ways than one, inheriting victory after Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen both retired while leading

After Silverstone, Jacques Villeneuve and the World Championship are back on nodding terms, but his victory – the 100th for Williams – was anything but clear-cut. From the pole, Villeneuve narrowly led Michael Schumacher's Ferrari, but a loose wheel, and then a disastrously slow pitstop, seemed to have put him out of the reckoning.

Schumacher then took up the lead, and appeared set for his third win on the trot, but a rear wheel bearing failure put him out 20 laps from the end, and towards the end it was Mika Hakkinen's McLaren, on only a one-stop strategy, which was left to fend off the recovered Villeneuve. Six laps from the end, sadly, Mika's Mercedes V10 blew up, and thus it was a cruise for Jacques.

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