A thoroughly British racing driver, who started all 176 of his world championship races in British-built machinery with BRM, Lotus, Shadow, Lola and his own nascent Embassy Hill constructor.
A 14-time grand prix winner, Hill's two titles came in very different circumstances. He won the 1962 world championship for BRM, completing the team's odyssey from laughing stock to top of the world, while in 1968 he helped regroup Team Lotus behind him after the death of Jim Clark.
He had a laconic style behind the wheel, and is often damned with the faint praise of being a "hard worker" to Clark's "natural talent". He was a hard worker, but he cut it with the best in the 1960s and had far more ability than many credit him with.
He loved driving, plugging on in F1 until 1975 until his embarrassing failure to qualify for the Monaco Grand Prix - a race he was king of in the 1960s - before dying in a plane crash later that year.
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|Born||15 Feb 1929|
|Died||29 Nov 1975|
|Active years||1958 - 1975|