THE BEST DAY
At Silverstone on 10 July, Damon achieved what his dad never did by winning his home race. But there had been high drama along the way. Unfathomably, Michael Schumacher passed pole-sitter Damon on the formation lap and earned himself a five-second stop-go penalty, which his Benetton team told him to ignore. Schumacher was eventually black-flagged, leaving Hill free to send the crowd into raptures.
“That was the one. My dad used to chew his tongue, but I bite my tongue when I’m tense. What a great day. That was when the sun shone on Silverstone – and on me. I’ve told this story before, about sitting with Frank Williams outside his motorhome signing autographs with the trophy on the table. There was generally a sense of a job well done. But as you know, I never do things the easy way.”