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Damon Hill

Knowledge Identifier: +Damon_Hill


Damon Hill

Retired British racing driver from England add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1960.

Countries: United Kingdom (39%), (18%), Jordan (8%)

Main connections: Formula One, Alain Prost, Jacques Villeneuve

Linked to: Williams F1, Brabham, Cosworth, Yamaha Motor Company




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Damon Hill was born in 1960 add something


He won the world drivers' championship in 1962 and 1968 and became a well known personality in the United Kingdom add something


As the junior partner to Prost, Hill took '0', the second man in Formula One history to do so, after Jody Scheckter in 1973 add something


By 1975 the family lived in a "25-room country mansion" in Hertfordshire and Damon attended the independent Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School add something


The death of his father in an aeroplane crash in 1975 left the 15-year-old Hill, his mother, and sisters Samantha and Brigitte in drastically reduced circumstances add something


He started racing on Motorbikes in 1981 and after minor success, he moved on to single-seater racing cars and progressed steadily up the ranks to the International Formula 3000 championship by 1989, where, although often competitive, he never won a race add something


Hill started his motorsport career in motorcycle racing in 1981 add something


Although he showed "above-average aptitude", Hill had only sporadic single-seater races until the end of 1984 add something


Formula Ford Festival - He took third place in the final of the 1985 Formula Ford Festival, helping the UK to win the team prize add something


He graduated through British Formula Ford, winning six races driving a Van Diemen for Manadient Racing in 1985, his first full season in cars, and finishing third and fifth in the two UK national championships add something


Paul Radisich - In 1985 and 1986 he raced in British Formula 3, alongside Damon Hill


For 1986, Hill planned to move up to the British Formula Three Championship with title-winning team West Surrey Racing add something


Hill borrowed £100,000 to finance his racing and had a steady first season for Murray Taylor Racing in 1986 before taking a brace of wins in each of the following years for Intersport add something


Although his best result was a 15th place, Hill's race performances for Mooncraft led to an offer to drive a Lola chassis for Middlebridge Racing in 1990 add something


Pneumatic valve springs - Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve each won a Driver's championship in the 1990s with Renault engines


Hill started his Grand Prix career during the 1991 season as a test driver with the championship-winning Williams team while still competing in the F3000 series add something


Because Mansell, the 1992 champion, was not racing in Formula One in 1993, his Williams team were given numbers '0' and '2' add something


Hill became a test driver for the Formula One title-winning Williams team in 1992 add something


However, midway through 1992 Hill broke into Grand Prix racing as a driver with the struggling Brabham team add something


British Grand Prix - After 1992, Mansell had retired from F1, and 1993 saw new Williams driver Damon Hill lead much of the race until his engine blew up, and Hill's French teammate Alain Prost took his 50th career Grand Prix win


Brabham - In 1992, Damon Hill, the son of another former Brabham driver and World Champion, debuted in the team after Giovanna Amati, the last woman to attempt to race in Formula One, was dropped when her sponsorship failed to materialise


Mecachrome - Renault engines powered Williams and Benetton to six consecutive Constructors' World Championships between 1992 and 1997, and five Drivers' titles with Nigel Mansell , Alain Prost , Michael Schumacher , Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve


Italian Grand Prix - Senna won again in 1992, and 1993 saw Williams drivers Alain Prost and Damon Hill battle hard, and while leading, Prost's engine failed and Hill went on to take victory


When Mansell's team-mate Riccardo Patrese left Williams to drive for Benetton in 1993, Hill was unexpectedly promoted to the race team alongside triple world champion Alain Prost ahead of more experienced candidates such as Martin Brundle and Mika Häkkinen add something


Monaco Grand Prix - After Senna took his sixth win at the 1993 race, breaking Graham Hill's record for most wins at the Monaco Grand Prix, runner-up Damon Hill commented that "If my father was around now, he would be the first to congratulate Ayrton


Hungarian Grand Prix - Other notable occasions in Budapest include first Grand Prix wins for Damon Hill in 1993, Fernando Alonso , the first Grand Prix winner from Spain, who became the youngest ever driver to win a GP, Jenson Button in an incident-packed race in 2006 and Heikki Kovalainen in 2008, the latter of whom was the 100th Grand Prix winner


Hill's season earned him the 1994 BBC Sports Personality of the Year add something


In 1994, Senna joined Hill at Williams add something


The Williams team were reigning constructors' champions, having beaten Benetton in 1994, and with young David Coulthard, who was embarking on his first full season in Formula One, as team-mate, Hill was the clear number one driver add something


Michael Schumacher - His career has not been without controversy, including being twice involved in collisions in the final race of a season that determined the outcome of the world championship, with Damon Hill in 1994 in Adelaide, and with Jacques Villeneuve in 1997 in Jerez


Coming into the 1995 season, Hill was one of the title favourites add something


Villeneuve passed Hill, who finished second and achieved the team's first podium since the 1995 Australian Grand Prix add something


Adrian Newey - Loss of both drivers' and constructors' titles to Benetton in 1995 saw further distance put between Newey and Williams, and by the time Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve secured both titles in 1996 Newey had been placed on "gardening leave" prior to joining McLaren


Portuguese Grand Prix - The Esses corner before the Parabolica was made into a 3 corner sequence; the race was won by Williams driver Damon Hill, and 1995 saw a huge accident at the start involving Ukyo Katayama in a Tyrrell; the race was won by David Coulthard


Hill became champion in 1996 but was dropped by Williams for the following season add something


In 1996 the Williams car was clearly the quickest in Formula One and Hill went on to win the title ahead of his rookie teammate Jacques Villeneuve, becoming the only son of a Formula One champion to win the championship himself add something


With Hill already under contract for 1996, his place at the team was secure for one more season, but it would prove to be his last at Williams add something


Lewis Hamilton - He is the first British driver to win the World Championship since Damon Hill triumphed in 1996


Arrows Grand Prix International - In March 1996, Tom Walkinshaw bought the team, and in September Walkinshaw signed up World Champion Damon Hill and hired wealthy Brazilian Pedro Diniz to help pay for Hill's salary


During the race he passed championship contender Michael Schumacher on the track and was leading late in the race, well ahead of the eventual 1997 World Champion Villeneuve, when a hydraulic problem drastically slowed the Arrows add something


Hungarian Grand Prix - Also noteworthy is Damon Hill's near-win in the technically inferior Arrows-Yamaha in 1997, when his car lost drive on the last lap causing him to coast in second place


He went on to drive for the less competitive Arrows and Jordan teams, and in 1998 gave Jordan its first win add something


Hill left Arrows after one season and after coming close to signing for the Prost team run by his former team-mate, decided instead to sign for the Jordan team for the 1998 season add something


Ralf Schumacher - For 1998, Schumacher remained at Jordan and was partnered by 1996 Drivers' Champion Damon Hill


San Marino Grand Prix - That year and the next saw Damon Hill win, and 1998 saw Briton David Coulthard take a marginal victory while his Mercedes engine was failing


After his retirement at the end of the 1999 season, Hill devoted more time to music and played with celebrity bands including Spike Edney's SAS band, and Pat Cash's Wild Colonial Boys add something


Hill formed his own band, The Conrods, which was active between 1999 and 2003 and played cover versions of well known songs from The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Kinks add something


Hill retired from racing after the 1999 season add something


Hopes were high for 1999, but Hill did not enjoy a good season add something


With three races of 1999 to go, there were rumours that the Prost team would release Jarno Trulli, who had signed for Jordan for 2000, early to replace Hill, but the Briton completed the season add something


Canadian Grand Prix - In 1999, Damon Hill, Michael_Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve all crashed into the same wall which had the slogan "Bienvenue au Québec" on it


He founded the Prestige and Super Car Private Members Club P1 International with Michael Breen in 2000; Breen bought Hill out in October 2006 add something


It was widely reported at the time that the Williams car's steering column had failed, though Hill told BBC Sport in 2004 that he believed Senna simply took the corner too fast for the conditions, referring to the fact that the car had just restarted the race with cold tyres after being slowed down by a safety car add something


Hill has raced both cars and motorcycles at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and in 2005 he tested the new GP2 Series car add something


Hill was back behind the wheel of a single-seater race car in the summer of 2006, when he took a Grand Prix Masters machine for a test run around the Silverstone circuit add something


In 2006, he became president of the British Racing Drivers' Club, succeeding Jackie Stewart add something


Since becoming president of the BRDC in 2006, Hill says he has abandoned the guitar, being "too busy doing school runs and looking after pets add something


In April 2006, Hill succeeded Jackie Stewart as President of the British Racing Drivers' Club add something


He has contributed many articles to F1 Racing magazine and has twice appeared in ITV F1's commentary box, covering for Martin Brundle at the 2007 and 2008 Hungarian Grands Prix add something


In 2008, Damon became the first patron of St. Joseph's Specialist School and College, a school for children with severe learning disabilities and autism in Cranleigh, Surrey add something


Autosport International - Drivers who have attended include David Coulthard, Gary Paffett, Takuma Sato, Anthony Davidson, Allan McNish, Damon Hill plus 2008 formula one world champion Lewis Hamilton and 2009 world champion Jenson Button


In 2009 he received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Northampton recognising his successful career and his connection with Northampton through Silverstone and the BRDC. add something


Hill stepped down from the position in 2011 and was succeeded by Derek Warwick add something


In January 2012, British Sky Broadcasting announced that they had signed Hill to join their F1 presentation team as a pundit for the 2012 Formula One season add something


Between 18 and 19 May 2012, Hill along with Mark Blundell, Perry McCarthy, Martin Donnelly and Julian Bailey participated in the first round of the VW Scirocco R-Cup at Brands Hatch to raise funds for the Halow Charity add something


On 7 October 2012, Hill drove his father Graham Hill's BRM in celebration of winning the 1962 F1 World Championship, where Graham became the first British driver to win the Drivers' World Championship with a British team add something


On 9 July 2013 Joshua announced his retirement from motor racing add something


As of 2015 , Hill's lap record of 1:15,381 for the 3,780 km long track still stands add something


As of 2017 , Hill's lap record of 1:15,381 for the 3,780 km long track still stands add something


In June 2018, Hill became the President of the Brooklands Trust Members who are the support group for Brooklands Museum add something