If you've ever looked into who Gilles Villeneuve was, you've surely seen this one before.
Towards the end of the 1979 French Grand Prix, Villeneuve was in second and being pursued by Rene Arnoux in the Renault.
On lap 78 of 80, Arnoux slipstreamed past Gilles on the way into the first corner. A lap later at the same location, Villeneuve wasn't really close enough—but he had a go anyway, locked up his tyres and somehow emerged in front.
Going into the final lap, Arnoux was again close behind Villeneuve on the pit straight, and he took the inside line into Turn 1.
Villeneuve let him have it and went around the outside.
They were wheel-to-wheel, touching several times. Arnoux went off and rejoined, then they banged wheels again, harder this time. Villeneuve nearly went off, and the Frenchman appeared to have secured a Renault one-two.
But Gilles got past again into Turn 4 and held on to the place all the way to the chequered flag.
Jean-Pierre Jabouille's first F1 win, on home soil in a French car with French tyres, was an afterthought.
Speaking to crash.net, Arnoux recalled the battle:
It was a battle against my best mate in F1—I didn't call Gilles a driver, I called him the acrobat of the circuits! You could only have that kind of fight with Villeneuve; I think we had the same temperament, the same way of regarding racing, the same hunger to win.
With the cars the way they were back then, you needed to have complete faith in the other driver, because if you collided, you would be flying immediately. He trusted me and I trusted him, so we were able to tap each other seven times. It's true that Gilles was someone who was trustworthy and loyal, both on the track and in life. He was someone I really liked.
One can only imagine how many grid-drop penalties two drivers would get if they did something like that today.
Extended race highlights with English commentary are available on YouTube here. Jump to 21 minutes to see the whole battle.