Damon Hill: F1 is young man's sport

Former Formula One Champion Damon Hill has said returning to the sport is tempting but unlikely. Hill, who won the Driver's championship in 1996 with Williams, thinks he left F1 at the right time. "It's very tempting to think you can jump back...

Former Formula One Champion Damon Hill has said returning to the sport is tempting but unlikely. Hill, who won the Driver's championship in 1996 with Williams, thinks he left F1 at the right time.

"It's very tempting to think you can jump back in and do it again," he said, "but it takes a lot of training and preparation and I haven't done any of that for the past three years so it would be tough; and I think I stopped at the right time, it's a young man's sport."

There has been much speculation about whether Michael Schumacher will retire when his contract with Ferrari expires at the end of 2004 -- Hill believes the four time champion will not race for that much longer. "I started quite late in F1, and I had in my mind that at 39 or 40 I would stop because that would really be the limit for the racing driver," He commented. "Michael Schumacher is now as old as I was when I started, so I think he'll hang around only for another two or three years."

Despite their frequent on track clashes, Hill believes that Schumacher is one of the greats: "Michael has turned out to be one of the greatest drivers possibly ever and it doesn't make me look so bad having raced against him." He said.

Not only did he have incidents with Schumacher Snr, Hill also was team mate to younger brother Ralf Schumacher at Jordan. Ralf, he remarked, was less talkative :"Ralf didn't really say much while we were in the same team - very quiet, quite unlike his brother."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Michael Schumacher , Damon Hill
Teams Ferrari , Williams , Jordan