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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hill Logs Crucial Win On Site of Senna Crash

IMOLA, Italy -- It was an emotional victory for Damon Hill and his Williams-Renault team in the San Marino Grand Prix, at the circuit where Ayrton Senna suffered a fatal crash one year ago.


And it was a crucial victory for Hill on Sunday in the third Grand Prix of the year, as it vaulted the British driver atop the world championship standings, six points ahead of defending champion Michael Schumacher and Jean Alesi.


Hill, a teammate of Senna in the ill-fated 1994 racing season, said it was difficult to come back and race at Imola.


"Everything was pretty bad for everyone here," Hill said. "Now we won the race and that's a nice thing to have happen. I think Ayrton would have liked the fact that we had a good day today."


Hill beat Ferrari drivers Alesi and Gerhard Berger at the Italian team's home track as he drove to his second consecutive victory -- after Argentina -- and his 11th career triumph.


Hill took the lead on the 27th lap, following a difficult start on a wet track, and fought off a late comeback by Alesi, whose pursuit was hindered by blocking moves from Hill's teammate, David Coulthard.


Schumacher was in the race for only 10 laps after starting from the pole position.


The German driver spun off shortly after an early pit stop to switch from raintires to slicks. He was not seriously injured.


Practices and the race were free of serious crashes. The track was redesigned for safety after Senna's death to make it slower and safer.