Damon Hill on Michael Schumacher

Damon Hill Austin 2019
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„Michael was a magician behind the wheel“

On November 23th 1994, Michael Schumacher won his first world title against Damon Hill. The Briton remembers at F1-Insider.com: “I do not want to call it a fight. I would say that I had an intense competition with Michael. With the climax in Adelaide 1994 (Schumacher became world champion after the collision with Hill), d. I still can’t judge his maneuver objectively. That’s why I want to leave that to others. All I can say is that I would not have been proud of his way of winning the title. But sometimes our ambition gets the better of us.

Damon Hill Schumacher incident 1994
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“What remains? I lost the championship to someone who won seven world titles and drove 300 Grands Prix. That’s no shame. Michael was a magician behind the steering wheel. That became clear to me at the latest 1995. He always drove over the limit, and yet he remained on the track. That was devastating for me and led me to partly over-motivated going into our duels with him. My respect for him continued to increase. That’s why I applauded him when he won the race at the Nürburgring. At that time he pushed me to my limits, which I would never have achieved without him. I’m grateful for that. Whenever I thought I had it, he struck back all the more.”


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