The unknown aftermath of Jerez 1997
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The unknown aftermath of Jerez 1997

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When Michael Schumacher hit Jacques Villeneuve in the 1997 Formula 1 season finale, it made headlines that keep it part of racing folklore today. What happened afterwards is less well known

Twenty years ago Jacques Villeneuve clinched the 1997 Formula 1 World Championship at Jerez after one of the most dramatic and controversial finales ever seen. Michael Schumacher ended up in the gravel after a clumsy blocking move on Villeneuve backfired, leaving the Canadian clear to secure the title. Three years after his clash with Damon Hill in Adelaide, Schumacher was again under fire from all sides.

What is less well known is what happened later that evening, and how Michael attempted to smooth the waters with the new world champion.

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