Sir Stirling Moss (84) and Damon Hill (53) celebrate birthdays this Tuesday. The pair of Englishmen each made their mark in Formula One in different decades.
Moss is widely considered the best driver to have never won a World Championship, with 16 career victories, four runner-up and three third-place finishes in the championship in the 1950s and ’60s. Unfortunately, Moss was in the news earlier this year for another reason entirely, when he made some disparaging comments regarding the ability level of women in motorsport. It got widely panned by media and other female drivers, including Williams F1 reserve driver Susie Wolff, in the aftermath.
Hill (pictured), son of two-time World Champion Graham, secured his lone World Championship in 1996 for Williams. Unfortunately for Damon, that came after a two-year run where he had lost to Michael Schumacher in the then-all-conquering Benetton, and Hill was sacked at the end of the 1996 season. He had a miserable title defense with Arrows in 1997, despite nearly winning the Hungarian Grand Prix, and scored his 22nd and final win in what was Jordan Grand Prix’s first ever triumph at Spa in 1998.
Damon Hill’s son Josh Hill was growing his racing career this year after finishing third in the Formula Renault 2.0 series in 2012. But the youngest Hill, 22, announced his retirement citing a lack of comfort and “100 percent devotion” to the sport.
Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott will start the 64th Macau Grand Prix from pole position after beating his Formula 3 rivals to victory in Saturday’s qualification race.
Ilott, 19, started third on the grid on Saturday behind pole-sitter Joel Eriksson and McLaren junior Lando Norris, but made a good start to rise to second early on.
Ilott hounded Eriksson for position for much of the race before battling past at Mandarin on Lap 7 as his Swedish rival struggled to keep his tires alive.
With Eriksson unable to respond, Ilott ultimately crossed the line more than seven seconds clear to take his first Macau win and secure pole for Sunday’s main event.
“We started quite strong as I got up to second from third which was not too bad. Then in the middle part of the race I had a good pace and I got past Joel for P1,” Ilott said.
“After that I managed to pull away. It was a good race, even quite relaxing at the end. I’m really happy for the result. Thank you SJM Theodore Racing by Prema, they did a great job and it should be good for tomorrow too.”
Eriksson held on to second ahead of Sergio Sette Camara, who completed the podium ahead of Maximilian Günther in P4.
Ferdinand Habsburg finished fifth ahead of Pedro Piquet, while Norris was left to settle for a lowly P7 after a clutch issue off the line caused him to drop down the order.
You can see full results from the Macau F3 qualifying race here.