F1 Legend

Damon Hill

British

  • London, England Place of Birth
  • 17 September 1960 Date of Birth
  • 1992 Spanish Grand Prix F1 Debut
  • Williams Current/Last Team

Damon Hill, OBE, born on 17 September 1960, is one of the most recognised figures in British motorsport. He is most famous for being F1’s 1996 Formula One World Champion. Born into a legacy of racing, he is the son of the legendary Graham Hill, and alongside Nico Rosberg, he stands as one of the only individuals to follow in his father’s footsteps by securing a Formula 1 World Championship.

NationalityBritish
BornDamon Graham Devereux Hill
17 September 1960
Hampstead, London, England

Hill’s journey into motorsports started in 1981 with motorbike racing, before transitioning to single-seater racing in 1986 for Murray Taylor Racing in the British Formula Three Championship. This pivot from two to four wheels was the start of his open-wheel career that would see him rise to the top of motorsports ranks.

By 1992, Hill had made significant strides in his career, landing a role as a test driver for the Williams F1 team, a team who were dominating at the time. His potential was undeniable, leading to his promotion to a full-time race seat with Williams for the 1993 season, replacing Riccardo Patrese. In his debut season, Hill clinched his first of 22 Grand Prix wins, beginning with a triumph at the 1993 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Throughout the mid-1990s, Hill emerged as a formidable rival to eventual seven-time champion, Michael Schumacher. Their rivalry was marked by intense battles with several on-track clashes, culminating dramatically at the 1994 Australian Grand Prix. A collision between the two ultimately tipped the championship in Schumacher’s favour by a single point. However, Hill’s persistence came in 1996 when he secured the drivers’ championship, securing eight wins in a single season. Despite winning the championship, Williams decided not to retain Hill for the 1997 season, leading him to join the less competitive Arrows and Jordan teams. In 1998, Hill achieved Jordan’s first win at the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix.

After retiring from F1 following his departure from Jordan in 1999, Hill was elected president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BDRC) in 2006, taking over from Sir Jackie Stewart. During his tenure, Hill was instrumental in securing a 17-year contract for Silverstone to continue hosting Formula 1 races, as well as overseeing the development of the circuit’s modernisation. He relinquished the presidency in 2011, passing the baton to Derek Warwick.

Today, Damon Hill remains an influential voice in Formula 1, sharing his expertise and insights as a part of the Sky Sports F1 broadcasting team. His analysis during free practice sessions and beyond offers viewers a unique perspective from his time and achievements in F1.

Damon Hill Formula One World Championship career

F1 Career1992–1999
TeamsBrabham, Williams, Arrows, Jordan
Entries122 (115 starts)
Championships1 (1996)
Wins22
Podiums42
Career points360
Pole positions20
Fastest laps19
First entry1992 Spanish Grand Prix
First win1993 Hungarian Grand Prix
Last win1998 Belgian Grand Prix
Last entry1999 Japanese Grand Prix

Teammates

Driver Nationality Current/Last Team F1 Debut Status
French Williams 1980 Argentine Grand Prix F1 Legend
Brazilian Williams 1984 Brazilian Grand Prix F1 Legend
British McLaren 1980 Austrian Grand Prix F1 Legend

Teams

Team Nationality Debut Season Status
Brabham British 1962 Historic
Williams British 1978 Current
Arrows British 1978 Historic
Jordan Grand Prix Irish 1991 Historic