A Champion and a Gentleman! – The Official Review of the 1996 FIA Formula 1 World Championship Season1996 F1 Formula One World Championship Review
VHS, © 1996 DUKE

After spending the previous two season’s as F1’s ‘nearly man’, the story of Damon Hill’s eventual triumph was one of him overcoming adversity en route to becoming the first ever second-generation World Champion.

Certainly, the season contained plenty of highlights. There was Jacques Villeneuve’s sensational debut in Australia, where he looked set to win until a late oil leak intervened. There was Hill’s excellent win in the wet at Interlagos, while the crazy wet Monaco Grand Prix saw just three cars make the chequered flag.

Add Michael Schumacher’s brilliant wins at Spain and Italy, and the 1996 season had plenty going for it.

But sadly this video review bares little reflection to this. The production quality is ropey and the narration is very indifferent. Quite why the race-by-race sequences are occasionally interrupted by ‘News’ segments (all of which highlight news items from some three races earlier) is a question that will remained unanswered…

In summary:

  • HITS: The season’s wet-weather races were some of the best,
  • MISSES: What’s with the pre-Japan montage of nightmare scenario outcomes for Hill’s title bid?
  • BEST BITS: Villeneuve’s outstanding pass on Michael Schumacher around the outside of the daunting Peralta corner during the Portuguese Grand Prix.

All up, it’s a curious affair indeed…

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.