Damon Hill's racing biography


Damon Graham Devereux Hill was born in September 17, 1960 in London. He is a formula one world champion from England and he is the son of former formula one world champion Graham Hill. He is the only son of a former champion to win a world championship.





Hill started his motorsport career in motorcycle racing in 1983. He won 350cc clubman's championship at Brands Hatch. He did not make a single seater debut until 1984. Slowly he graduated from Formula Ford and moved to formula three. Where he raced with three different teams in three years. Mooncraft, Middlebridge Racind and Intersport. Hill progressed in formula 3000 racing for Mooncraft and Middlebridge Racing the next three years. He became champion in 1990.


He was signed by Williams as a test driver in February 1991, in addition to his formula 3000 campaign. Hill made his debut in formula one as a driver, in 1992 with the Brabham team. He was in unusually lat age of 32. He replaced Giovanna Amati. Hill continued to be the test driver for Williams that year.

When Nigel Mansell left Williams to compete in the CART in 1993, Damon Hill was promoted to the driver's seat in a Williams, alongside Alain Prost. Hill benefited greatly from his teammate and went on to win three races that year. The Belgian, the Hungarian and the Italian Grand Prix. After that he became the first son of a former formula one Grand Prix winner to win a Grand Prix himself.


In 1994 Ayrton Senna joined Hill in Williams. Unfortunately Senna had an accident at Imola, and died. Hill found himself leading the team, he won a race n Barcelona two weeks after his teammates death, just like his father after Jim Clark's death. Hill took four more victories that year and took the championship title to the final race in Adelaide. After a controversial collision between Schumacher and Hill in Adelaide, both of them retired from the race and Schumacher won the title. In 1995 Schumacher won the title again. Hill made some mistakes, most notable in Brazil and Italy and Williams lost the constructors championship too. It was then that Frank Williams was considering to replace Hill with Heinz-Harald Frentzen.

In 1996 Hill won the formula one championship title, racing ahead teammate Jacques Villeneuve. Hill took eight wins that season and never qualified off the front row. This was by far his best season in formula one. In 1997 he joined Arrows team. It was difficult to defend his title in such a car, as the team had never won a race and just scored only one point the previous year. In the Hungarian Grand Prix Hill made his highlight. He managed to win the second place, behind Jacques Villeneuve and make the first podium finish for the team since the 1995 Australian Grand Prix.


In 1998 Hill joined Jordan to partner Ralf Schumacher, as it was obvious that Arrows could not provide Hill with the kind of success he wanted. At Spa, Hill took the first victory for Jordan. It was his first victory after Williams dropped him. He finished his season very strongly with a last lap move on Frentzen in Suzuka, which earned him the 4th place finish and Jordan got the 4th place in the constructors championship. In 1999 Hill did not have a good season. After that season Hill retired from formula one.

Hill has won a wold championship title in 1996, with Williams. He has competed in 122 races and won 22 of them, he had 42 podium finishes, 20 pole positions, 19 fastest laps and 360 championship points scored in his formula one career.