Michael Schumacher’s Eternal F1 Rival Damon Hill Reveals Unlikely Scuba Diving Rendezvous

Published 11/09/2021, 11:21 AM EST
MONTE CARLO, MONACO – Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari looks on in the Ferrari pit during the qualifying session for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)


The Michael Schumacher saga is something an F1 fan would look back at, no matter how far into the future they’ve arrived. From almost being kicked out of Ferrari to winning 5 back-to-back world championship titles over the subsequent years is certainly one of the most mind-blowing chapters of his legendary career.

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Apart from the Ferrari dominance, there are also the numerous rivalries he was involved in, from Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill, and Mika Hakkinen to Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg. Well, here’s something interesting about Schumacher and Hill.

Only a year prior to the controversial crash in Melbourne, Hill had coincidentally met Schumacher while going scuba diving in Australia. The Briton further revealed that he was more scared of Schumacher than the circling Sharks.

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What did Hill say about Michael Schumacher?

During a podcast, Tom Clarkson questioned Hill whether he would go surfing on the Red Sea amidst F1’s forthcoming race weekend in Saudi Arabia. However, Hill reckoned he doesn’t enjoy going into the water and went on to reveal a story starring his German rival.

Damon Hill of Great Britain, driver of the #9 B&H Jordan Jordan 199 Mugen Honda V10 during practice for the Formula One British Grand Prix on 10 July 1999 at the Silverstone Circuit in Towcester, Great Britain. (Photo by Darren Heath/Getty Images)

I don’t really like wearing goggles on and going on the water much. I did scuba diving with Michael Schumacher. Well, it was ’93, we went scuba diving. Ended up on the same boat going scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia,” he said, during the F1 Nation Podcast.

No, we hadn’t organized to do it together. But, this was before everything kicked off between me and him. But, even so, I didn’t know if I was more frightened of the Sharks or him. I kept looking at my shoulder.

Jack Plooij joins the conversation

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Following Hill’s interesting narrative, Ziggo TV reporter, Jack Plooij, went on to joke about how Schumacher would have wanted to win against the British driver even in scuba diving.

Did he win? When Michael does something with you, he wants to win,” Plooij said, to which the Briton replied, “He wanted to go deeper, didn’t he? Yeah. It’s very scary, you know. You get to the edge of it, and then there is just an abyss. You’re going to the edge of the coral and it just goes deeper and darker.”

CHICHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Damon Hill looks on during the Goodwood Festival of Speed at Goodwood on July 10, 2021 in Chichester, England. (Photo by James Bearne/Getty Images)

Overall, pretty much the entire world is still not over Schumacher’s rather unpleasant tactic against the Briton in Australia, 1994. So, let’s hear it from you; Where do you stand in this controversy? Do you defend Schumacher’s game-changing move?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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