Damon Hill returned to the racing seat at Brands Hatch after conducting a test in a DTM AMG Mercedes C-Class at the Kent circuit ahead of the German series' arrival next weekend.
Inspired by the likes of his former Formula One rivals Mika Hakkinen, Jean Alesi and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Hill expressed an interest in sampling one of the fire-spitting V8 machines at the three-day test that took place ahead of the season.
It was an opportunity Mercedes elected to give the 1996 World Champion prior to Brands Hatch welcoming the championship back to the United Kingdom for the first time since 2003.
Indeed, Hill was suitably impressed by the machine, although he admitted that his prior knowledge of the circuit aided his cause in a car he described as 'demanding'.
“That was very exciting,” the 45-year-old said. “Good that I knew Brands Hatch before, because to drive a DTM car is quite demanding. It is powerful, has a lot of downforce which makes it quick through the corners and it is really hot inside. I want to thank Mercedes-Benz for giving me the opportunity to sample a state of the art DTM car.”
However, while Hakkinen ended his retirement to make a return to racing in the series, Hill has no intentions to don the helmet and suit again and renew some old rivalries, particularly as he has now assumed his role as the British Racing Drivers Club president.
“It feels great to be back at the wheel of a racing car after such a long time but I now have got other tasks in the motor racing world,” he added.