Damon Hill

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9/17/1960, London, England

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  • Damon Graham Devereux Hill OBE (born 17 September 1960 in London) is a retired British racing driver and the 1996 Formula One World Champion. He is the son of the late double Formula One world champion, Graham Hill, and is the only son of a world champion to win the title.
    Damon Hill came to professional motorsports relatively late: he began racing motorcycles in 1983 at the age of 23. The following year he won the 350 cc Clubman's cup at Brands Hatch. In 1985 he moved on to four-wheel single-seater racing with Team Van Diemen in the Formula Ford championship, before moving up into the UK Formula 3 championship in 1986. After three seasons in Formula 3, where he won four races, Hill ascended another tier of open wheel racing by joining Mooncraft in the International Formula 3000 championship, where, although often competitive, he never won a race.
    Hill started his Formula One career in 1992 with the then uncompetitive Brabham team. He took the first of his 22 victories at the 1993 Hungarian Grand Prix for the Williams team the following year. In 1994, he won the British Grand Prix, a race his father had never won in his long and successful career. During the mid 1990s, Hill was Michael Schumacher's main rival for the Formula One Driver's Championship, finishing runner-up in the German's 1994 and 1995 title seasons. The two had a series of controversial clashes on and off the track, including the collision at the 1994 Australian Grand Prix that gave Schumacher his first title by a single point.
    Hill was dropped by Williams in 1997 despite taking eight victories and the world championship in 1996. He went on to record the Jordan team's first ever win at the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix, and came within a few miles of being the only driver to win a Grand Prix for the Arrows team and their Yamaha engine supplier at the 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix. He retired from the sport at the end of the 1999 season, after 122 race starts.
    In 2006, Hill became president of the British Racing Drivers Club, succeeding Jackie Stewart.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Damon Graham Devereux Hill

    Gender:

    Male

    Birth Place:

    London, England

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    • Damon: You have to say there's no doubt there does sometimes seem to be one rule for Ferrari and another for everyone else. Ferrari are very important to the sport.

    • Damon: (suggesting David Coulthard might not have worked hard enough in F1) Sometimes you need to put a rocket up his backside. I say to him sometimes, 'Come on, you've got to do it. You've got to pull something out'.

    • Damon: I think there's a balance that has to be struck between the business of motorsport and the reason the sport exists. It exists up to a certain plateau for the people who want to participate in it, but there's also the entertainment factor. A good driver loves to entertain and go out there in front of big crowds. In Formula One now, you see the trend of restraining drivers' personalities in favour of the corporate sponsors they are representing," he continued. "When I watched Formula One as a kid, I didn't care what the sticker on the side of the car said. I simply wanted to support my favourite driver. It's very easy to forget that everything is paid for by the 350 million people who turn on the TV, and if they are not turning on then there's a problem.

    • Damon: (forecasting the 2007 F1 season without Michael Schumacher) For a long time he dominated the sport to such a degree there was less interest unless you were a completely devoted Michael Schumacher and Ferrari fan. Formula One now will have a fresh start, with a lot of young guys keen to make their name at the top. There's going to be a land grab, which should make for some good racing, with everybody trying to occupy the space that's been left by Michael leaving.

    • Damon: You learn by experience, and overcoming setbacks make you stronger and means you are prepared for any eventuality. Now I am who I am, slightly batty in some ways, but in other ways fairly level-headed.

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    • Damon was presented with an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Northampton in 2009, in recognition of his career and outstanding F1 success and for his local connections to Silverstone, Northamptonshire, where the British Racing Drivers' Club is based.

    • In 2009, Damon, along with friends David Coulthard & Jacques Villeneuve, took part in a charity ski endurance race in Switzerland. The annual 24-hour race is sponsored by Jacques Villeneuve and his long-time business partner Craig Pollock.

    • Damon's most recent band was The Conrods which he played in until 2003. The band was formed after his retirement from racing at the end of the 1999 season and played cover versions of well known songs from The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Kinks. Band members were Damon Hill (guitar), Josh Phillips (keyboards; Midge Ure & Whitesnake), Mark Brzezicki (drums; Big Country), Steve Brzezicki (bass; Scatman John), Robert Hart(vocals; Bad Company) and Steve Roux (guitar/vocals). The band performed at Grands Prix and F1 social events.

    • Damon recorded with Def Leppard after meeting their lead singer Joe Elliott at a party. He played on the opening track of the album Euphoria, Demolition Man, including a 10-second guitar solo. Elliott described Damon's as "a cross between the way Slash plays and Andy McCoy from Hanoi Rocks".

    • Damon was good friends with ex-Beatle George Harrison, with whom he played guitar several times.

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