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GP Week : Issue 26
Phil Hill: 1927 – 2008 PHIL Hill, America’s first Formula 1 World Champion, has died at the age of 81. Hill had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease, and died in California last Thursday. Hill started his career in sportscars, but made the transition to Formula 1 driving a Maserati 250F at the 1958 French Grand Prix. He impressed, and following the death of Luigi Musso in that very same race was offered a drive with Ferrari for the remainder of the 1958 season, playing a pivotal role in helping his team-mate Mike Hawthorn win that year’s world championship. Hill stayed with Ferrari and won his first Grand Prix at Monza in 1960. The next year, 1961, Ferrari ran its iconic ‘sharknose’156, and the little car adapted perfectly to the new 1.5 litre engine regulations. Hill and his team-mate Wolfgang von Trips emerged as the leading title contenders. After winning Le Mans for Ferrari, Hill concentrated on taking the F1 crown, and sealed his title at Monza on the 10km banked circuit. His victory was tempered with sadness however, as Ferrari and Formula 1 mourned the death of Von Trips and 14 spectators in an accident during the Grand Prix. As Ferrari began to fall apart due to infighting and politics in 1962, he quit before the start of the 1963 season to join ATS and later Cooper. At the end of 1964 he walked away from Formula 1 to concentrate on his sportscar career, which had brought him to the sport as a youngster. Sir Stirling Moss told GPWeek that Hill would be sadly missed. “As a person he was just very easy to talk to. He was a very humble man, and loved the sport. In his spare time I know he was very keen on the restoration of old cars. As a competitor … well he was a very tough competitor I must say. He cost me a championship! I had a chance but I had to win and take fastest lap, which I was on course to do, but Hawthorn had to finish second to win. Hill was in second, and he waved Hawthorn through. Of course, he did what he needed to do, and Hawthorn took the championship. But Hill did what was correct. “He was very important for Formula 1. He was, and I believe remains, the only “home grown” if you like, American World Champion in that he was actually born in America, where as Mario [Andretti] was not. “He was humble and a good man, but he was a bloody good driver. Very quick.” ADVERTISE in GPWEEK to access a huGE global audience 10