Final fling for Damon at Silverstone

After days of rumour and speculation Damon Hill finally announced that he will leave Formula One after the British Grand Prix

Final fling for Damon at Silverstone

The former world champion's decision will be bitter-sweet for his British fans, who will be disappointed to see the Jordan driver leave mid-season, but pleased that they can see him race one more time.

Hill made his mind up after talks with team boss Eddie Jordan today.

'I am delighted to give Damon this opportunity in front of the sponsors and fans who have supported his great career,' said Eddie Jordan.

'I hope everyone will join B&H Jordan in making this a triumphant send-off.'

Hill will be testing as planned for the team tomorrow, alongside test driver Shinji Nakano and team-mate Heinz-Harald Frentzen.

Silverstone attracts more than 100,000 race fans, with Hill's merchandise outselling any other driver's.

The former world champion, who announced his retirement from Jordan two weeks ago, originally said he would continue for the rest of this season.

However, after a disappointing performance in the French Grand Prix, a disheartened Hill was unsure whether to race again.

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