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Damon Hill, Williams FW16 Renault
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How Hill's steel lifted Williams post-Imola 1994 and carved out F1 glory

Ayrton Senna’s untimely passing 30 years ago thrust Damon Hill into the Williams team leader role – and into a title battle that raged until the final round. But even though he would go on to win the world championship after the tragedies and disappointments of 1994, MARK GALLAGHER discovers that Hill faced a difficult journey of self-discovery…

Mention Damon Hill, Adelaide, 1994 and the memories start. Usually with an image of Michael Schumacher’s Benetton B194 on two wheels following a collision with Hill’s Williams FW16B. Those who witnessed it will never forget – and Hill fans will never forgive – a cynical spur-of-the-moment act by Schumacher to win the world championship, eliminating his rival using blunt-force trauma.

Hill often gets asked about it but, whatever
the emotion at the time, he has long since put that particular incident to rest. Claiming the 1996 drivers’ championship will have helped, but so too the knowledge that it was not the only time Schumacher took his win-at-all-costs approach beyond acceptable limits. Think Jerez ’97, Monaco 2006 and Hungary ’10.

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