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The day Michael Schumacher crashed his car - and won the F1 championship

Great rivalries: Michael Schumacher v Damon Hill, Adelaide, November 13, 1994

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Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill at a post-race press conference in Adelaide following the controversial incident which helped the German win the 1994 title. Photo: GP Library/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill at a post-race press conference in Adelaide following the controversial incident which helped the German win the 1994 title. Photo: GP Library/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

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Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill at a post-race press conference in Adelaide following the controversial incident which helped the German win the 1994 title. Photo: GP Library/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

One of the most controversial incidents in Formula 1 history is the signature flashpoint of a bitter rivalry which lit up the 1990s and left spectators crying out for another episode of a soap opera played out at speeds of 200mph.

Michael Schumacher was billed as the rule-breaking villain with Damon Hill the softly-spoken hero in the latest chapter of the battle for supremacy between Germany and England with their rivalry emanating amid a dark cloud in the world of motorsport during 1994.

Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger and the legendary Ayrton Senna lost their lives following crashes on the same weekend at the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola earlier that year with Hill parachuted into the leading role with the Williams team after Senna's death.