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Schumacher: No Regrets Over 1997 Incident at Jerez

Wednesday June 20th, 2001

Michael Schumacher has admitted he does not feel any regrets for his incident with Canadian Jacques Villeneuve at the final Grand Prix of the 1997 season.

The German driver, leading the championship coming to the European Grand Prix at the Jerez circuit in Spain, saw how Villeneuve, who was driving for the Williams team, tried to pass him for the lead on the inside of a hairpin, and the Ferrari star tried to take the Canadian off the track.

As a consequence, Schumacher retired from the race and Villeneuve went on to win his first and only title so far, with the German being stripped of his runner-up spot in the championship by the FIA.

Nearly four years after the incident, the three-time world champion has admitted he has no regrets over his move.

"No (regrets)," Schumacher told the BBC. "I grew up with Ayrton Senna and remember incidents with Alain Prost and Senna. It was part of the game.

"I knew it was not right but this was an important moment. It was everything or nothing and you go for it."

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