Damon Hill started 1994 with no serious aspirations of winning the world championship. He was Ayrton Senna's support act, a safe pair of hands capable of banking solid points and taking the odd win while the Williams team's star driver charged to a fourth drivers' title. Then, on that infamous afternoon at Imola on May 1, everything changed.
One of the hot topics in the aftermath of that race was who Williams would sign as its new spearhead. Few saw Hill as the man to galvanise the grief-stricken team. Yet six months later, he missed out on the world championship by just one point after a controversial collision with Michael Schumacher in Adelaide. How did that happen?
"The moment that Ayrton died, the sport changed and my life changed as well," says Hill. "There is no question, my career was not on that trajectory beforehand. But I got hurled into the void left by Ayrton.
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