Damon Hill


Damon Hill Trivia


  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • Damon uses the same helmet design as his father, an easily identifiable design of eight white oar blades arranged vertically around the upper surface of the helmet, which is dark blue. The device and colours represent the London Rowing Club of which Graham and Bette Hill were both successful members and where they first met. Although Damon is not a rower himself, he has said that he is proud to wear his father's colours and the club are happy for him to keep up the tradition.

    • By the end of his F1 career, Damon participated in 122 GPs.
      By the end of his F1 career, Damon finished 76 GPs.
      By the end of his F1 career, Damon wason the podium 42 times.
      By the end of his F1 career, Damon finished in the points 56 times.
      By the end of his F1 career, Damon had 40 retirements from F1 races.
      By the end of his F1 career, Damon won 22 GPs.
      By the end of his F1 career, Damon had 20 pole positions.
      By the end of his F1 career, Damon had 19 fastest laps in F1 GPs.
      By the end of his F1 career, Damon had 7 doubles (pole position and win).
      By the end of his F1 career, Damon had 5 triples (pole position, win & fastest lap)

    • Damon led a grand prix 69 times during 1384 laps in 45 Grand Prix, covering a total of 6471.025 Km, and achieved 360 points during his F1 career.

    • Damon and his wife are strong supporters of Down syndrome charities, after their son Oliver was born with it.

    • Damon and his wife Georgie have four children together: Oliver (4 May 1989), Joshua (9 January 1991), Tabitha (16 July 1995) and Rosie (1 February 1998).

    • Damon attended the Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Hertfordshire.

    • Damon is the son of double Formula One world champion Graham Hill. When Damon was 15, his father died in a plane crash in 1975.

    • Damon won the Formula One championship in 1996.

    • Damon raced in 8 seasons of Formula One - from 1992 until (and including) 1999.

    • In 1989, Damon raced in the Formula 3000 championship with the team Mooncraft. In 1990 he moved to the Middlebridge Racing team, before racing for the Jordan team in 1991.

    • In 1986, Damon had 6 wins in the Formula 3 championship with Murray Taylor Racing, and 2 wins with the Cellnet Ricoh F3 Team in 1987.

    • In 1984, Damon also took part in the British Formula Ford Championship. He was named rookie of the year after he achieved one win and a fifth place in the Formula Ford Festival. In 1985 he had 6 wins in the championship with Team Van Diemen.

    • In 1983, Damon participated in Motorcycle competition. In 1984, he worked as a motorbike delivery man and also participated in motorcycle races, winning 40 wins in just one year!

    • The engines Damon raced with in his F1 career are as follows:
      Judd 3.5 V10 (1992)
      Renault 3.5 V10 (1993)
      Renault 3.5 V10 (1994)
      Renault 3.0 V10 (1995)
      Renault 3.0 V10 (1996)
      Yamaha 3.0 V10 (Type 0X11A) (1997)
      Mugen-Honda 3.0 V10 (1998)
      Mugen-Honda 3.0 V10 (1999)

    • The Chassis Damon raced with in his F1 career are as follows:
      Brabham BT60B (1992)
      Williams FW15C (1993)
      Williams FW16B (1994)
      Williams FW16 (1994)
      Williams FW17B (1995)
      Williams FW17 (1995)
      Williams FW18 (1996)
      Arrows A18 (1997)
      Jordan 198 (1998)
      Jordan 199 (1999)

    • The teams Damon drove for in F1 are as follows:
      Motor Racing Developments (1992)
      Canon Williams Renault (1993)
      Rothmans Williams Renault (1994)
      Rothmans Williams Renault (1995)
      Rothmans Williams Renault (1996)
      Danka Arrows Yamaha (1997)
      Benson and Hedges Total Jordan (1998)
      Benson and Hedges Total Jordan (1999)

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Damon: The sport would not survive today if drivers were being killed at the rate they were in the 1960s and '70s. It would have been taken off the air. It is beamed into people's living rooms on Sunday afternoons, with children watching.

    • Damon: I don't see myself as an international megastar. I still put the rubbish out late at night-sometimes in only my underpants. Mind you, nowadays I have a good look around to make sure there is no one there. I just think this whole star thing is a gas and I think the neighbours think it's pretty funny as well. We've got some great neighbours.

    • Damon: If I am pushed I will push back, that is the way I am. I am very British. We don't like to be pushed around. When the chips are down we might have to step into grey areas.

    • Damon: I think at times I appear to be miserable when I am not... I might be having quite a good thought at that moment, but it seems I look miserable. I am not.

    • Damon: Winning is everything. The only ones who remember you when you come second are your wife and your dog.