Phil Hill

Phil Hill, an American driver who was not related to the Graham/Damon family, won his only title in terrible, tragic circumstances.

After scoring his first of three wins in the 1957 Le Mans 24 Hours with Olivier Gendebien, Hill shortly began racing in F1 for Ferrari. He raced in the seven of nine rounds that Ferrari entered in 1959 and scored three podiums.

In 1961 it was between Hill and team mate Wolfgang von Trips for the championship. They each won twice, and going into the final round ‘Taffy’ led Hill by 33 points to 29.

But at Monza von Trips and Jim Clark collided, and the German driver was killed along with 14 spectators. Hill collected the win and the championship.

After another season with Ferrari Hill flitted around various teams: he made a one-off appearance for Porsche at Watkins Glen in 1962 but didn’t start. In 1963 five starts for ATS were punctuated with one for Lotus, but none resulted in any success.

His final full season came in 1964 with Cooper, yielding just one point. The low point came in Austria, where he was withdrawn after crashing twice in practice. Suffering ill health, he made two ill-starred appearances in 1966 before retiring.

Hill died of complications relating to Parkinson’s Disease in 2008.