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The Observer

Why Damon Hill's nomination for the BRDC president has taken many by surprise

When Damon Hill walked away from Formula One at the end of 1999, he was a tired man, apparently sick of motor racing. No one expected to see him back in the sport any time soon.

The incessant pressure, the full-on commitment of F1, and the intense media attention - it had drained Hill. In that final year, he was a shadow of the man who had picked up the baton from Nigel Mansell as Britain's great F1 hope and run so well and so hard for six packed years.

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