20 Feb 2010, 15:01
Damon Hill was overrated....
...Think about it what has he ever done outside the Williams?
Belgium 1998. The two Mclarens & two Ferrari all didn't finish in that race. If he hadn't of won that race, he would have been a bigger reject then I already think he is. Furthermore both his team mate Ralf Schumacher (and judging by the comments made about Ralfy in the Stefan Gp thread, we all know how good he is!!!) & Alesi were quicker than him towards the end of the race. Instead Ralf was ordered to protect Hill from Alesi.
Hungary 1997. He was on the much better Bridgestone tyres in that race, & look at the quality of the other Bridgestone runners. To prove how good the Bridgestones tyres were, remember the last lap Shinji Nakano was up batting with Eddie Irvine in a Ferrari, and tried a Banzi move. Enough said. Furthermore Frentzen would have won, had he not retired. Schumi crashed his new lightweight Ferrari in morning warm-up, so had to use the older spec Ferrari, which destroyed his tyres, otherwise he could have won. Finally JV (another great driver!!!) was stuck in traffic for most of the race, after a poor start.
Now look at his time at Williams....
1993 - He had been tested in the Williams throughout 1992 so should have know the car & team well, yet it took him until Hungary to win his 1st race in A VASTLY superior Williams. His teammate was a retiring Prost, who even in his prime, rarely was the out & out quickest, & seemed to not bother too much after he won the title again.
1994 - Schumcher had at least 36 points deducted (40 if like me, you think Schumi would have won in Britian not Hill). Yet Hill still didn't win the Championship. Now this is going to be really unpopular, but I think the Williams was at least equal to the Benetton, if not slightly better. I mean if Senna could got 3 poles, in a Williams which wasn't by any means sorted at the start of 1994, then if Damon is to be ever considered a top driver he should have been dominating when the Williams had been sorted!!!
Further proof that Hill wasn't a top driver, look how far off the pace Damon was compared to Senna in Brazil, he even got lapped by Senna, despite having 2 years more experience in Williams over Senna. I wasn't expecting Hill to exactly rival Senna, but getting lapped by your team mate, that is J. D Deletraz skill level in my book.
Before anyone, mentions about the traction control nonsense. To my knowledge Benetton were never proven guilt of having used the traction control device in a race weekend during 1994, otherwise they would have been banned from the championship standings. Plain & Simple. I have read, that they had kept the system in the car, but where is the EVIDENCE that they had used it in the race?
With the Fuel filter, they got punished for that. Furthermore I believe the disqualification in Belgium, Britian & the two race penalty was unfair when you look at all the facts. It is blantly obvious to me, Bernie wanted to regain some much needed interest in F1 following Senna's death, so he had to fixed that year's championship. Just like he had done in 1999 (when Ferrari, got disqualified from Malaysia, then undisqualified...despite admitting to breaching the rules?).
Adelaide. Schumacher's move was cheeky I give you that, but if Hill didn't want to risk contact, then he shouldn't have given Schumi the opportunity to take him out. Hill even admitted he should have waited. Anyway, Hill did the same to Schumi in Britian 1995 & Italy 1995. So it evens out.
1995 - Do you really have to ask how bad Damon was that year??? If so then just watch, for instance the Pacific GP, typical example of Hill's incompetence. I mean HOW did he finish 5th in that race in the superior Williams? My dead granny could have done better. Even Murray & Dr J Palmer were saying how bad he was performing during their commentaries that year.
1996 - Williams was by far the most superior package. Only had his team mate a rookie JV (who we all know how good he turned out to be) to beat. Again, if he hadn't won that year, I would have tracked him down & given him the biggest slap ever. In fact he almost didn't win, it came down to the last race. If you though Button was cracking under the pressure in 2009, can I remind you of Hill's dismal performances from Spa to Suzuka in 1996. All in the vastly superior Williams, don't forget.
In the races where Hill had to race in the "pack" (Nurburgring, Sliverstone, Spain) he showed he was no good at overtaking. Even Tom Walkinshaw admitted that was Damon's flaw when he hired him for 1997.
Apologies for the long winded rant, but thought I would get this one off my chest.