1996

CEN­TRE OF AT­TEN­TION

F1 Racing - - HILL ON HILL -

This is Da­mon’s ti­tle-win­ning year and, as usual at his home race, he is faced with a throng of pho­tog­ra­phers. On the one hand it’s just busi­ness as usual, but he had mixed feel­ings about the in­tense scru­tiny…

“It was fun at times, at oth­ers over­whelm­ing. But F1 rac­ing driv­ers are very lucky to get so much at­ten­tion. When you have your day in the sun you get plenty of ex­po­sure. I al­ways felt grate­ful, but the Bri­tish GP was an or­deal. One of the things I didn’t look for­ward to was meet­ing the Fleet Street press be­cause they were al­ways af­ter a big head­line. I tried to give them some­thing, but they’d usu­ally take a dif­fer­ent an­gle. There was one oc­ca­sion when I felt par­tic­u­larly un­der-sup­ported. I’ve heard Lewis Hamilton say some­thing sim­i­lar: you don’t un­der­stand why they don’t want you to win. So I blew my top at th­ese guys and stormed off. One guy who was par­tic­u­larly good at putting a spin on things, chased af­ter me and said: ‘Da­mon, you don’t mean me, do you?’ I re­mem­ber think­ing: ‘Of all the peo­ple, I mean you par­tic­u­larly!’ The next day, the back page of The Mir­ror said: ‘He’s gone nuts!’ You’ve got to see the funny side.”

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