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Wednesday, June 16, 1999 Published at 10:35 GMT 11:35 UK

Hill retires from Formula One

Damon Hill is retiring from Formula One racing

Damon Hill has announced his retirement from Formula One racing from the end of the 1999 season.

Hill, who won the Drivers World Championships in 1996 for the Williams team, celebrated his most recent victory in the Belgian Grand Prix last season.

But Hill, who now drives for the Jordan team, crashed out of the Canadian grand prix on Sunday - the latest unhappy chapter in a troubled season.

Hill said: "After much reflection I have decided not to continue racing in Formula One after the end of the 1999 season.

"Despite being a late starter to Formula One, at the age of 32, I am very proud of my record of having won 22 grands prix and the world championship itself.

"Formula One has afforded me many incredible opportunities and I will cherish some fantastic memories.

" I have fulfilled my ambitions and consider myself very fortunate to have done so."

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