1996 Australian Grand Prix

Race Winner
Country
Australia
Circuit
Round
1
Laps
58
Pole
Fastest Lap
Villeneuve , 1m 33.421s
1996 Season
Past Results

Perhaps, suggested one onlooker, he had. After all, like his team-mate, it will take a lifetime of achievement for Villeneuve to emerge fully from the shadow of his father, whose cavalier style is still revered by so many.

Make no mistake, though, he is his own man. His smooth style is the antithesis of Gilles, who was killed when his son was 10, and he has long since wearied of the comparisons. "They are meaningless because it was different in his time," he points out. "I did not go into racing because of my father, he meant a lot to people and I understand why they keep mentioning his name, but I don't race for him... I race for myself.

When I won at Indianapolis, everybody asked me if I'd been thinking about him. I said 'no'. I can't afford to think about him while I'm racing because I've got a car to drive."

Race Results

Qualifying

Circuit - Albert Park

Country

Australia

Location

Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria

Type

Temporary road course

Length

3.295 (Miles)

Record

Michael Schumacher (Ferrari F2004), 1m24.125, 141.005 mph, F1, 2004

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