It was a top pass, no question. However it wouldn't even rank in my top 10 passes in history (from what I've seen over the years), it was drummed up spectacularly at the time because it was smack bang in the middle of their title fight.
I don't agree with you on Villeneuve who, as others said, really should have wrapped up the title much sooner with that Williams (yes, as Hakkinen also should have in 1999) but you may well be right on the point above. But that's just life, isn't it? If Trulli makes an amazing pass on, say, Kovaleinen for 17th place in the middle of a season, it might get a few comments but a week later no one's talking about. The media and most fans mostly focus on the leaders and title fights. Hence that pass in Spa has become legendary, just like Senna and Mansell's wheel-to-wheel in Spain 1991,whereas plenty of other equally impressive passes or wheel-to-wheel battles simply disappear into history. A bit unfortunate, but there you go.
Edited by topical, 07 April 2011 - 10:44.