Damon Hill Wishes He Had Ruthless Stewards During His Time Against Michael Schumacher in F1

Published 07/05/2021, 8:46 AM EDT
IMOLA, SAN MARINO ITALY: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari during the qualifying session for the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)


The Austrian Grand Prix was full of drama as many drivers were awarded time penalties for the action on the track. Former F1 driver, Damon Hill, took this opportunity to have some fun, as he wished he had such strict stewards when he was racing Michael Schumacher.

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He brought this up since Lando Norris seemed to have pushed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez off into the gravel area heading into turn 4. The FIA didn’t see it as fair driving, which resulted in the Brit getting a 5-second time penalty.

Damon Hill remembers his duels with Michael Schumacher

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The ’96 world champion Hill had some amazing battles with Germany’s Schumacher during his racing career. Often, the two would collide and didn’t have to face any consequences for their actions around the circuit.

Hence, when Hill saw the stewards giving out penalties even for the smallest of mistakes, he took this chance to remember his battles with the seven-time world champion, which caused him to lose out on the 94′ championships by a single point.

He wrote on Twitter,Oh No!! Lando Norris +5s penalty. Wish I’d had these Stewards when I racing a certain German.”

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The race between Hill and Schumacher that changed history

The 1994 title race was between Williams’ Hill and Benetton’s Schumacher, and both were separated by just one point to claim the world title. It went down to the wire at the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide.

The then Benetton driver had gone onto the grass, leaving Hill to gain a position. However, Schumacher got the car back in control, but not for long as both collided, sending the German into the tirewall and Hill back to the garage as he suffered severe damage to his car. Hill’s car couldn’t be repaired, and hence the 94′ drivers’ title went to the German, and it was his first of many to come.

So in reference to the countless incidents he had with the German, Hill took this chance to wish he had such harsh stewards to help get an edge over his fiercest rival in Formula One.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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