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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Damon Hill Emulates Father's Legend, Glory

LONDON -- Patriotism and nostalgia combined perfectly at the weekend for the British sporting public when Damon Hill emulated his father Graham by capturing the Formula One world drivers' title.


The Times devoted its second leader Monday to Hill's triumph in Suzuka, Japan, under the headline, "A good win for a good man."


"Damon Hill has never regarded victory as the be-all and end-all," The Times said. "At 36 he is old enough to understand failure, to see beyond ephemeral glory and to realize that fair play, balance and dignity are at least as important as the often corrosive compulsion to beat all others.


"Such qualities are held up as the quintessence of English sportsmanship, but too often they seem to belong to an earlier, more innocent age."


The Times outlined the comparison between Hill and his late father, who won the championship in 1962 and again in 1968.


"Hill now shares with his father the honor of being one of the world's great drivers," it said. "He brings to a new generation his father's glory, enhanced by his own gallantry and grace."


Stirling Moss, the most respected British driver of the 1950s though he never won a world title, said he considered Damon Hill to be a better driver than his father. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Moss paid tribute to both men: "Damon is a better driver than his father. He has shown that in this last race in particular. ... I do not think Damon's career has reached its zenith. It will be fascinating to watch his progress." Moss wrote.





"Graham was a brilliant after-dinner speaker and terrific on camera," Moss wrote. "When he was able to be himself, he was really very funny.