April 28, 1996
Jacques Villeneuve scored his first Formula One victory in his fifth Formula One start. Villeneuve started second and led all 67 laps of the 1996 Grand Prix of Europe at the Nurburgring in Nurburg, Germany. It had been a magnificent race with Jacques crossing the finish line just 0.762s ahead of Michael Schumacher's Ferrari. Half a minute behind them, David Coulthard gave McLaren-Mercedes a much-needed third place.
As Jacques crossed the line to win, Patrick Head came on the Williams radio and said: "The first of many." A nice gesture. He further commented "Jacques's car was not as quick as we would have liked it to be but he made good use of the car as it was. He didn't make any mistakes and to withstand the kind of pressure from Schumacher on his home territory showed considerable maturity."
The podium at the Nuerburgring; Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve & David Coulthard.