Damon Hill was the England Formula One race driver who won the 1996 World Championship. He is the son of Graham Hill and is one of two sons of a Formula One World Champion. He started cycling in 1981, and after some success, he moved to one-man racing cars.
Hill began his Formula One career as a test pilot for the Williams team that won the championship in 1992. After the departure of Riccardo Patrese, he was transferred to the Williams race the following year, where he won his first 22 victories in 1993. Hungarian Grand Prix. Hill was Michael Schumacher‘s biggest rival in the Formula One Drivers’ Championship in the mid-1990s, and the two fought back and forth on the track many times.
Hill won the title with eight wins in 1996 but was dropped by Williams the following season. He went on to drive the rival Arrows and Jordan teams, making Jordan win for the first time in 1998.
Hill withdrew from the race when Jordan dumped him at the end of the 1999 season. In 2006, he took over as president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club from Sir Jackie Stewart. Hill left the role in 2011 and was replaced by Derek Warwick. He oversees negotiations for a 17-year contract for Silverstone to host Formula One races, which allows the track to do a lot of rebuilding work. Hill is currently employed as a member of the Sky Sports F1 broadcasting support team, where he provides expert feedback during free practice sessions.
Inspiring Talks by Damon Hill
- “You should never feel comfortable. There is something wrong if you are. You should always feel under threat, on the edge of your seat, and pushing yourself. Win one and you want to win more. It’s never-ending.”
- “I am surprised people took so long to pick up on the fact that my contract expires at the end of this year. Eddie has to decide who he wants to drive, so there is no secret anywhere. I am not concerned. It does not sit with my objectives to be competitive.”
- “I try to keep myself on an even keel by trying to be as critical of myself as I am of other people. I try to separate my performance from myself.”
- “There are a lot of factors in the life of an F1 driver which can combine to make you believe that you are somehow above normality. I think that is a mistake to start believing that. But, at the same time, it is important to be confident.”
- “It was five years since I’d won a race, so I was a bit bewildered.”
- “I have always liked a challenge.”
- “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 gray areas.”
- “To be honest, I think for part of my late teens my character didn’t really develop very much. I was in a state of cold storage.”
- “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.”
- “If someone is being absolutely critical of me as a driver, what could they say? I am also critical of myself to try and keep things in perspective. That is very important.”