I always though Hill was very underrated - his team mates were Prost, Senna & Mansell and was never embarrassed by either - indeed I thought he showed Prost up in what was his only his 1st full season (should have won in Britain & Germany)
He did have a poor 1995 but then he must have been burnt out by a very traumatic 1994 season when he became team leader after Senna's death & would have won the WDC if Schummacher had not blatantly cheated all the way though before punting him off. I think his dip was fully understandable. Plus he went off in Germany due to car failure but Williams were slow to defend him and it was though it was a driver error.
Why is/was Hill so unfashionable and underrated. I think history will be kinder but certainly it was a big error getting rid of him.
I have heard before that Newey left the team because they let Damon go but I don't actually know the facts - can anyone fill me in on this?
I agree 100% Rallen,
reality is Damon Hill was underrated and instead he was fast and reliable.
And surely he is a cool guy compared to his rival Schumacher. A class guy a gentleman.
Fact is that Damon Hill lost 1994 title because Schumacher and Benetton cheated for all the year,
and at the showdown Schumacher thrown is already broken car against Hill's.
Not enough he also smile when he had the info that Hill's race were over.
Schumacher won the world championship of unsportmanship.
I will never forget that smile behind the net.
Damon Hill suffered the most unbearable move seen in motor racing not even sanctioned.
And the more unlucky one, because just some seconds before or after and Damon could have seen Schumacher hit the wall,
or his car been broken. Because Schumacher crack under pressure.