Bring Back V10s: When F1 became Schumacher vs Schumacher

Ralf Schumacher’s Formula 1 achievements rank a long, long way behind brother Michael’s, and while Ralf certainly proved he deserved his F1 place perhaps his path to it might have been much harder had he not had a famous and influential sibling.

But for a few months in 2001, Michael’s assertion that Ralf was his biggest future title threat didn’t look entirely crazy as the younger Schumacher gelled with a much better than expected Williams-BMW package and took the fight to his big brother.

He often came off second-best, though – such as at the Nurburgring, where on the weekend Ralf secured a long-term Williams future his chances of a home win were wrecked by controversial driving from his brother and a penalty Michael’s Ferrari team helped make sure of.

The Schumachers’ battle was just a small part of that weekend, as Glenn Freeman, Edd Straw and Matt Beer explore on the latest episode of Bring Back V10s.

From Mika Hakkinen’s waning form and McLaren’s problems to curious business at Arrows and Minardi, Jacques Villeneuve lashing out at the CART IndyCar series that launched him towards F1 in the first place, and even a debate over whether F1 cars needed brake lights, this was another extremely busy week in the early-2000s F1 news world.

ASK US ANYTHING! (about 1989-2005 F1) – Submit your questions for our end-of-series episode using the hashtag #BringBackV10s on Twitter, or you can email [email protected].

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