R.I.P Phil Hill

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R.I.P Phil Hill

Post by ScuderiaFan » 29 Aug 2008, 05:21

Phil Hill, 1927 - 2008

Phil Hill, the United States’ first Formula One world champion, has passed away aged 81. Hill, who took the 1961 drivers’ title with Ferrari, died on Thursday in a California hospital of complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Santa Monica in 1927, Hill started racing after dropping out of college to become a mechanic’s helper in Los Angeles. In 1955 he joined Ferrari’s driver roster at Le Mans, a race he would eventually win three times, and was promoted to a Formula One drive after the deaths of Luigi Musso and Peter Collins in 1958.

Hill took the first of his three Formula One victories in 1960 at Monza. The Italian circuit also saw him crowned champion the following year, but in heartbreaking circumstances, after German team mate Count Wolfgang von Trips was killed during the race.

It was a tragedy from which Hill’s Formula One career never really recovered and he eventually retired from single-seater racing in 1964, going on to establish a successful car restoration business in his native California.


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Re: R.I.P Phil Hill

Post by syncmaster » 29 Aug 2008, 12:27

Ferrari are going to pay tribute for Phil Hill
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Re: R.I.P Phil Hill

Post by ScuderiaFan » 29 Aug 2008, 16:06

he won 1961 championchip with Ferrari and had 3 lemans titles with the red team .. what an amazing driver who dedicated himself for the prancing Horse .. Luca de Montezemolo declared his sadness for the former champion as soon as he got word of phil's passing .. check it out at Ferrariworld.com on News section

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24 Hours of Le Mans (3) : 1958, 1961, 1962 with ferrari
12 Hours of Sebring (3) : 1958, 1959, 1961
1000km Buenos Aires (2) : 1958, 1960
1000km Nürburgring (2) : 1962, 1966
F1 Italian Grand Prix (2) : 1960, 1961
F1 Belgian Grand Prix (1) : 1961 and he got the championchip at the same year
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Re: R.I.P Phil Hill

Post by iceman1 » 29 Aug 2008, 16:33

Rest In Peace Phil

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Post by Zack » 29 Aug 2008, 19:56

R.I.P Phil Hill :(
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Re: R.I.P Phil Hill

Post by maltafan » 31 Aug 2008, 21:38

sad loss of a great driver.

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Re: R.I.P Phil Hill

Post by phil1993 » 02 Sep 2008, 14:45

RIP, gosh, feel really sad now.. have been in Spain and watching TV and heard NOTHING of this news. heres to a legend.

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