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Thursday, June 17, 1999 Published at 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK

Hill grateful for support

Damon Hill: "I would like to thank all those who had to work with me"

BBC Motor Racing Correspondent Jonathan Legard: "Hill has failed to find his form this season"
Britain's Damon Hill paid a special tribute to all the people who have helped him during his roller coaster career after he decided to quit Formula One at the end of the season.

The 1996 world champion, who now drives for Jordan, has won 22 grands prix in seven seasons but his decision to quit arrives after he made a poor start to the season and crashed out of Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

Jonathan Legard reports on Hill's career in pictures
He said: "I would like to thank all those who had to work with me, from the caterers to the team owners. You survived, well done!

"I would especially like to thank my wife, Georgie, who has had the greatest burden to bear. I love you."

Army of fans

Hill also thanked his army of fans who have watched his battles for the world championship with Germany's Michael Schumacher.

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Eddie Jordan: "It is a sad but typically brave and honest decision"
"To my loyal fans - you were incredible throughout. An enormous thanks to you all. We showed em.

Hill also paid tribute to Eddie Jordan and the Jordan Mugen-Honda team.

"To Eddie and the whole team thank you for all your support and I know Spa will be only the first of many victories.

"I am committed to give you everything I can in order to secure your highest possible placing in the constructors' championship."


Jordan said: "This is a sad but typically brave and honest decision by one of Britain's great sporting heroes.

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"Damon was a great world champion and a wonderful ambassador for motorsport worldwide. His results will always show he was one of the sport's great winners.

"It was an honour for me personally, for Benson and Hedges, for Mugen-Honda and the whole Jordan team that he achieved the first grand prix victory for a Jordan car in Belgium last year.

"All of us in and associated with the team are proud to have made a contribution to the unique Hill family grand prix legend."

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