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"
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.
"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.
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.
"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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