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.
MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.
Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.
“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”
The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.
Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.
Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.
Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.
The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.