This classic Formula 1 battle is considered by many to be the best 3 laps in open-wheeled racing history, it features Rene Arnoux and Gilles Villeneuve in a no holds barred street fight for second place at the 1979 French Grand Prix.

I’ve included twin videos for this battle, the top video is the original footage with original commentary and the lower footage is the Top Gear (UK of course) take, narrated by Jeremy Clarkson.

So grab a coffee, turn up the volume and spent a quality few minutes watching the pinnacle of Formula 1 history.

Ben Branch Profile Picture Silodrome - Rene Arnoux vs Gilles Villeneuve
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Ben Branch has had his work featured on CNN, Popular Mechanics, the official Smithsonian Magazine, Road & Track Magazine, the official Pinterest blog, the official eBay Motors blog, BuzzFeed, and many more.

Silodrome was founded by Ben back in 2010, in the years since the site has grown to become a world leader in the alternative and vintage motoring sector, with millions of readers around the world and hundreds of thousands of followers on social media.

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