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Arnoux vs. Villenueve

Well, it’s a pretty slow week leading up to the Singapore GP, so I figured I would post this. I am doing this for two reasons. The first is that I finally realized I could embed videos, and the second is that this is probably the greatest on track battle ever seen… and it wasn’t even for a win. The 1979 French GP had a duel for second place between Rene Arnoux and Gilles Villenueve that would prove just who was the more daring man. Notice in the video how many times the two bang wheels and sidepods together without breaking anything. If anyone tried that in this day in age, they would wind up like Hamilton at Monza – which is to say, out of the race with a broken suspension. Also, that has to be the ballsiest braking maneuver I’ve ever witnessed. Video includes the final four laps in their entirety.

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