Down To The Wire

Damon Hill attempts to overtake Michael Schumacher at the title-deciding Adelaide GP in 1994

Adelaide played host to the final race of the 1994 Formula One season, an infamous year that saw the death of racing legend Ayrton Senna and the incident depicted in "Down to the Wire" by Gavin MacLeod, painted in 1994 (pictured right).

Michael Schumacher is no stranger to controversy and his collision with fellow title contender Damon Hill at the Australian Grand Prix, the final race of the season, will always be remembered.

The race began with Schumacher ahead in the championship standings; however, a win for Hill would have seen the Williams Renault driver clinch the title.

Schumacher led from the outset with Hill trailing in second. By lap 36 the Briton had caught Schumacher and pressured him into making a mistake at the East Terrace corner. This allowed Hill to come up the inside of the following corner, advancing past the German before Schumacher turned into him.

The collision resulted in an immediate retirement for Schumacher, and while Hill persevered, he pitted and was also forced to retire due to irreparable damage to his front left suspension wishbone. Schumacher subsequently won his first of seven titles.

A similar attempt was made during the European Grand Prix of 1997 to drive Jacques Villeneuve off the road and deny him a maiden World Championship, however, unlike in Adelaide, Schumacher was unsuccessful.

 

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