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No third generation Hill for F1

Josh Hill, son of former F1 champion Damon, gives up on the dream of making it to F1 by retiring from racing
Josh Hill, the son of 1996 champion Damon and grandson of two-time title winner Graham, has elected to give up on the dream of becoming the third generation of the family to race in F1 after announcing his retirement from racing.

The 22-year-old, who was competing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this season, revealed that he had taken the decision because of a desire to pursue interests outside the sport.

Hill has previously competed in Ginetta Juniors before moving into single-seaters in Formula Ford and Formula Renault before graduating into F3.

His best result to date this season had been second at Hockenheim, leaving him tenth in the championship standings.

"Coming from the Hill family it was inevitable that I would be drawn to racing,” he was quoted by Reuters. “I have learned an enormous amount and really enjoyed the experience, but I do not want to compete unless I am 100 per cent devoted.

"As I now have ambitions in other fields I feel it is the right move to withdraw from racing."

Hill Sr, now working with Sky Sports as part of its F1 coverage team, said he backed his son's decision.

"Being born into a racing dynasty is not something many of us can easily relate to," he said. "It is entirely understandable if Josh has to find out if racing is his main calling or not.

"So it is with some sadness that we make this announcement. I'm sure there will be many disappointed 'Hill' fans out there but we hope they will be understanding.

“It is sometimes braver to stop than to carry on. He has my total support as always."

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July 15, 2013 12:49 AM

Hey bob jane- If Damon Hill was the perfect fit then why did Williams and Head kick him to the curb the year he won the WC for Heinz-Harald Frentzen? (Who?) Exactly! Also, if anyone could win the WC in a Williams, then why couldn't Frentzen? Damon Hill was a great driver. Was he lucky to be in a Wiliams? Anyone would be, point is he got the job done.

bob jane

July 15, 2013 4:19 AM

in 1996 the willie was light years ahead of the pack, Max Chilton could of won races in that car as long as he was being supported as number 1......Hill was Not a great driver he was mid to back of the Grid driver...like Brundle DC Herbert ..Only Irvine had bit of talent out of brits of that era,, But tied in the Ferrari.. Hill was the team supported number 0ne driver and got all upgrades ect through 1996...according to Jacs book...Hill was booted cos he had no talent and Williams got their brit drivers crown..They were trying to get Irvine in 97 but where out foxed and didn't want to pay for irvines ask....Why else would a team boot a WC if it wasn't over money.......Hill the luckiest and softest WC in modern F1 history...... 90% of that wc was team support and Machinery,,,,I remember every race all the blunders Hill made under pressure was made up by THat car...

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