Damon Hill: I did not understand SchumacherMay 3, 2019
The 1996 champion Damon Hill had a chance to play with Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher. In the Beyond The Grid podcast, he talked about relationships with partners and rivalry with Schumacher.
Damon Hill: “They had completely different characters, but they were all incredibly fast and strong rivals. They treated me differently. Nigel liked to joke, but he could make a comment by putting it in place. Alain was secretive, self-centered, but very polite, calm and tactful. Ayrton worked hard and was very serious. These are different people, but they are all incredibly fast and talented racers.
We participated in sponsorship events together or worked on tests, had lunch at motorhome or in a hotel together. But we didn’t have fun together. We were the same age, but belonged to different generations, and I knew my place. They treated me well, there were no problems between us. I knew I had a unique chance to play with these guys.
Racers have surrounded me all my life. My father was a racer, and I knew his buddies. They were friends and had parties. I liked this relationship. Even then I understood the riders. I think I understand them at all, but I did not understand Michael Schumacher. Returning to the conversation about the characters, Michael was also not like anyone.
Accident in Adelaide in 1994? I have never blamed Schumacher for anything. That season was overshadowed by what happened in Imola and in general became a test for me. I did not expect that I will fight for the title with Michael Schumacher. I thought that I would help Ayrton and do the work of the “second number”, and if I’m very lucky, I can beat him a couple of times. But it turned out that Michael and I fought for the title. I think I did everything I could but did not achieve the goal. The incident in Adelaide caused a lot of controversy and, it seems to me, surprised everyone. ”
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