GP2 Series has confirmed that former Formula One World Champion Damon Hill will be part of a test with a car of the category next week in circuit Paul Ricard, located southern France, along other ex F1 drivers. The British racer will have the...
GP2 Series has confirmed that former Formula One World Champion Damon Hill will be part of a test with a car of the category next week in circuit Paul Ricard, located southern France, along other ex F1 drivers.
The British racer will have the opportunity on June 28th with a Dallara-Renault at circuit Le Castellet of Paul Ricard in which the series disputed almost all it development tests.
Hill, age 43, retired in 1999 after a campaign of 115 Grand Prix and 22 victories that put him in the highest step of racing competition in 1996 when he took the F1 Championship with Williams-Renault at that time. His relation in the past with Renault now gave Hill the chance to get back in a car`s cockpit.
"The reason for me doing this test is simple; I wish to help a young driver, Steven Kane, realise his dream of becoming an F1 World Champion," commented Damon to the official GP2 website. "The GP2 series will be the best preparation for young drivers wishing to enter Formula One, I'm sure of that. But when I received the offer to drive the GP2 series car myself, I could not resist the opportunity to have a go! I'm really looking forward to it".
Along with Hill, two ex F1 French drivers will participate. Jaques Laffite and Patrick Tambay will join Hill and the Spaniard Adrian Campos, who also owns a team in GP2.
"Everyone at the GP2 series is delighted that Damon has agreed to try out our car. From the very start we wanted to position our championship with a close proximity to Formula One, and to be able to get feedback on the series and our car from a Formula One World Champion such as Damon is a big boost. I'm confident he will enjoy his day and find the GP2 series car to be a lot of fun. We're all looking forward to hearing his thoughts," mentioned the GP2 organiser, Bruno Michel.
The shedule of the series will continue in Magny-Cours on July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for another double round of the championship.