Watch Damon Hill drive the Williams FW18

Exactly 25 years ago, on October 13, 1996, in the last race of the Formula 1 season, Damon Hill won the world championship.

Prior to the Japanese Grand Prix, Hill topped the drivers’ standings, with teammate Jacques Villeneuve only needing to win the race and at the same time not scoring Hill to win the championship himself. In the qualifiers, Villeneuve took pole position, but made a poor start to the race and later gave up when one of the car’s wheels detached from it.

In the end, Hill won the race, scoring his eighth victory of the season, while securing his only drivers’ championship. Michael Schumacher finished second in his first year with Ferrari, allowing the Italian team to “steal” second place in the constructors’ championship from Benetton, with Mika Häkkinen finishing third with McLaren.

Damon Hill became the first son of an F1 world champion to win the championship himself, as Graham’s father had won the championship twice, in 1962 and 1968, before dying in 1975 in a plane crash. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of winning the championship, Hill had the opportunity to drive again the amazing Williams car, the FW18, on the Silverstone track.

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