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Monday, 8 July 2019

F1 world champion’s emotional Schumacher tribute


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On the track they were the fiercest of rivals, locked in a bitter battle for the 1994 Formula One world championship, which ended in controversy on the streets of Adelaide when they collided while fighting for the lead of the season’s final race.

Now a quarter of a century later, Damon Hill has paid tribute to Michael Schumacher, driving the stricken German’s 1994 Benetton during a demonstration run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.

Part of a celebration of the career of the seven-time world champion, marking both the 25th anniversary of Schumacher’s first world title, and his 50th birthday, a host of cars driven by the German were on display at the annual event at Goodwood House in West Sussex.

A number of Ferraris in which Schumacher dominated the sport in the early-2000s were in attendance, along with the Jordan he debuted in at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix. But most interest centred on the 1994 Benetton, with Hill’s distinctive helmet behind the wheel.

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“Great honour by the Schumacher family to let me drive in the tribute,” Hill tweeted.

Hill’s career was defined by his rivalry with Schumacher. Just a single point separated the pair in 1994, with the championship settled in the German’s favour following their collision in Adelaide. Their rivalry became even more intense in 1995, when they crashed twice more. Schumacher took his second title that year, before Hill claimed his only world championship in 1996.

Amongst those in attendance at Goodwood were Schumacher’s wife Corinna, as well as former Ferrari heavyweights Jean Todt and Luca di Montezemolo.

“We are delighted that the Goodwood Festival of Speed has chosen to celebrate Michael’s career, in the year of his 50th birthday, and on the 25th anniversary of his first World Championship,” said Schumacher family spokesperson Sabine Kehm.

“It is especially fitting this year, as the event’s ‘Record Breakers’ theme perfectly encapsulates his incredible achievements, including records, many of which may never be broken.

“We hope the public enjoy the opportunity to see an assortment of his winning cars.

“We thank the Duke of Richmond and the Goodwood team for making Michael such an important feature of this year’s event.”

Schumacher hasn’t been seen in public since suffering a devastating head injury while skiing in 2013. His son Mick is currently driving in the Formula 2 series, having recently tested for the Ferrari F1 team.

On the track they were the fiercest of rivals, locked in a bitter battle for the 1994 Formula One world championship, which ended in controversy on the streets of Adelaide when they collided while fighting for the lead of the season’s final race.

Now a quarter of a century later, Damon Hill has paid tribute to Michael Schumacher, driving the stricken German’s 1994 Benetton during a demonstration run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.

Part of a celebration of the career of the seven-time world champion, marking both the 25th anniversary of Schumacher’s first world title, and his 50th birthday, a host of cars driven by the German were on display at the annual event at Goodwood House in West Sussex.

A number of Ferraris in which Schumacher dominated the sport in the early-2000s were in attendance, along with the Jordan he debuted in at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix. But most interest centred on the 1994 Benetton, with Hill’s distinctive helmet behind the wheel.

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“Great honour by the Schumacher family to let me drive in the tribute,” Hill tweeted.

Hill’s career was defined by his rivalry with Schumacher. Just a single point separated the pair in 1994, with the championship settled in the German’s favour following their collision in Adelaide. Their rivalry became even more intense in 1995, when they crashed twice more. Schumacher took his second title that year, before Hill claimed his only world championship in 1996.

Amongst those in attendance at Goodwood were Schumacher’s wife Corinna, as well as former Ferrari heavyweights Jean Todt and Luca di Montezemolo.

“We are delighted that the Goodwood Festival of Speed has chosen to celebrate Michael’s career, in the year of his 50th birthday, and on the 25th anniversary of his first World Championship,” said Schumacher family spokesperson Sabine Kehm.

“It is especially fitting this year, as the event’s ‘Record Breakers’ theme perfectly encapsulates his incredible achievements, including records, many of which may never be broken.

“We hope the public enjoy the opportunity to see an assortment of his winning cars.

“We thank the Duke of Richmond and the Goodwood team for making Michael such an important feature of this year’s event.”

Schumacher hasn’t been seen in public since suffering a devastating head injury while skiing in 2013. His son Mick is currently driving in the Formula 2 series, having recently tested for the Ferrari F1 team.

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