Formula 1 Teams Norman Graham Hill
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Career Points: 270
Among the list of greatest racing drivers of all-time there is one that has to occupy a very special place in that list. While maybe not considered of the same caliber of Aryton Senna, Juan Manuel Fangio, or even Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill occupies a place in racing history all his own. For out of the century long history of motor racing there still has only been one driver to achieve racing's Triple Crown.
Hill's story begins not with the success and adulation that he would gain later on in his life but in the dark and scary nights of the 'Blitz' in London where sirens and fire would continually engulf London. Born on the north side of London on February 15th, 1929, Norman Graham Hill would be just ten years old when the Second World War would begin and when Luftwaffe aircraft would fill the skies over London and the south of England.
The son of stock broker, Hill would become quite adept in business but would first attend a technical school and would become an apprentice for the Smith Instrument Company at the age of just 16. After working some time with Smith Instrument Company Hill would have to endure compulsory serve in the Royal Navy. Hill would absolutely hate this time of his life but would, nonetheless, carry out his duty. And although he would detest the time in the Royal Navy he would come to find something he very much enjoyed. After his time in the navy he would return to the Smith Instrument Company.
During his second go-around with the instrument company Hill would come to purchase a motorcycle. However, he would seem to be anything but the double world champion people would come to know him for as he would end up crashing the motorcycle breaking his thigh and forever having to deal with a left leg that was shorter than his right.
A little after his bad luck on a motorcycle Hill would take to thoughts of competing on the water before competing on the track. In 1952, just the third year of the Formula One World Championship's existence, Hill would return to something he came to enjoy while he was in the Royal Navy. He would join the London Rowing Club and would seem to be a natural with an oar in his hand. He would so enjoy this time that it would become his trademark for the rest of his racing career as he would place the club's trademark of eight vertical stripes or oars on his racing helmet. This would also be a very poignant time in Hill's life as it would be during these years that Graham would come to meet and get to know Bette, his future wife.At the age of 24, Hill would finally pass his driving test and would come to own what he admitted was a 'wreck' of a car. His car was anything but what he would come to drive. His first car would be a 1934 Morris and he would use this car to teach himself how to drive. Hill would later admit that the car was perfect for his future racing career. This was due to the fact that he had to learn how to drive a car that was so fragile and prone to problems.
About the same time as when he finally got his driving license Hill would go to Brands Hatch. He had come as a result of seeing an ad in a magazine for a racing school offering laps of the circuit for a rather cheap price. And although he had only just got his license, Hill would go on to complete four laps of Brands Hatch and would later admit that it was then that, 'everything changed'.
|It was at that moment an idea came into Hill's head. He would decide to would offer his services as a mechanic to the Universal Motor Racing Club, based at Brands Hatch, in exchange for the opportunity of racing their cars. An agreement was struck but Hill would come to find it unfulfilled as he would never actually be allowed to race their cars. Then, somewhat in an impulse of the moment, Hill would make another similar agreement with another he barely knew.|
|1975||T371||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8|
|1975||Lola T370||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8|
|1975||Hill GH1||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8|
|1974||Lola T370||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8|
|1973||Shadow DN1||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8|
|1972||BT34||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8|
|1972||Brabham BT33||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8|
|1972||Brabham BT37||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8|
|1971||BT34||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8|
|1971||Brabham BT33||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8|
|1970||Lotus 72||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8|
|1970||49C||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8|
|1969||63||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8|
|1969||49B||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8|
|1968||49B||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8|
|1968||49||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8|
|1967||48||BRM P75 3.0 H16, Climax FWMV 2.0 V8, BRM P60 2.1 V8, Cosworth DFV|
|1967||Lotus Type 49||BRM P75 3.0 H16, Climax FWMV 2.0 V8, BRM P60 2.1 V8, Cosworth DFV|
|1967||33||BRM P75 3.0 H16, Climax FWMV 2.0 V8, BRM P60 2.1 V8, Cosworth DFV|
|1967||43||BRM P75 3.0 H16, Climax FWMV 2.0 V8, BRM P60 2.1 V8, Cosworth DFV|
|1966||P83||BRM P60 2.0 V8, BRM P75 3.0 H16|
|1966||P261||BRM P60 2.0 V8, BRM P75 3.0 H16|
|1965||P261||BRM P60 1.5 V8|
|1964||P67||BRM P60 1.5 V8|
|1964||P261||BRM P60 1.5 V8|
|1963||P61||BRM P56 1.5 V8, BRM P60 1.5 V8|
|1963||BRM P57||BRM P56 1.5 V8, BRM P60 1.5 V8|
|1962||BRM P57||BRM P56 1.5 V8|
|1962||P48/57||BRM P56 1.5 V8|
|1961||P48/57||Climax FPF 1.5 L4|
|1960||BRM P48||BRM P25 2.5 L4|
|1960||BRM P25||BRM P25 2.5 L4|
|1959||Lotus 16||Climax FPF 2.5 L4|
|1958||Lotus 16||Climax FPF 2.0 L4|
|1958||12||Climax FPF 2.0 L4|
But this time it would pay off. Not only would Hill get the opportunity to race, but since he was really the only employee of this new racing school he would come to be the instructor as well, and this for a man that had only gotten his driver's license at the age of 24.
Life is full of providential moments whereby one's course in life is set and in the case of Hill's it would come with a meeting of a fellow racer by the name of Colin Chapman. The two would first come to know each other when Hill hitched a ride with Chapman back to London. As the two talked, which of course was a strong suit of Hill's, Chapman came to believe Hill was indispensable for his team's racing future. Therefore, Hill would persuade Chapman to hire him as a mechanic. But given Hill's wit and prowess, it would not be long before Hill would maneuver his way into the driver's seat.
Just one year after getting his driving license Hill would be competing in the amateur ranks and would be rather impressive. Having left Smith Instrument Company a while ago, Hill would make his living now entirely from his work as a mechanic and as a driver. This would motivate the already determined man from Hampstead.The move to work with Chapman and his new Lotus car company would, at the time, be seen as a very tough and frustrating period, but it would not only be good for Hill, it would provide him with great opportunities he would not have gotten so early had he tried to find rides with the larger factory teams.
Driving as an amateur in 1954, in just four short years Hill would find himself taking part in his first Formula One World Championship grand prix. On the 18th of May, at the 1958 Monaco Grand Prix, at a time when Stirling Moss, Mike Hawthorn and Wolfgang von Trips made up a portion of the starting grid, Graham Hill would make his Formula One debut driving a Lotus-Climax.
Despite starting the race toward the back of the starting grid, Hill would carry on and would be a strong position until his Lotus' halfshaft broke after 69 laps forcing him to retire from his first grand prix.
Hill would remain with Lotus throughout the rest of the 1958 and '59 season. However, it was Lotus' first couple of years of competition in the Formula One World Championship and its cars would prove to be unreliable, and also, a bit slow compared to the rest of the competition. This would be proven by the fact Hill would start no better than the fourth row of the grid at any of the races in which he competed throughout the 1958 season.
When 1959 would see very little in the way of improvement, Hill would be forced to be weigh his options. After consideration, Hill would decide to leave the team, and instead, would move on to drive for BRM.
British Racing Motors had its start all the way back to just after the end of World War II. However, BRM wouldn't be first seen until 1950. At the time of its debut, BRM would brandish a 16-cylinder Type 15 chassis. Over time, the P15 chassis, with its 16-cylinder monster of an engine, would prove incredibly unreliable and temperamental.
In 1960, Hill would leave a Lotus team suffering from unreliability and a lack of pace. Instead, he would head to a team that, at one point in time, would have a reputation that would be a joke and an embarrassment amongst the British citizenry. It would seem as though he had made a mistake. Thankfully for BRM, Hill would make the move.
Known for his determination and self-drive, Hill would look upon the move as an incredible opportunity. Graham would throw himself into the team and would proceed to help usher in a renaissance of what the BRM should have been from the very beginning. While the results would not come immediately, the team would steadily improve thereby boosting the team's confidence and opportunity for success.
In his first season with the team, Hill would come to not only earn his first World Championship points but would finish the 1960 season in 15th place with 4 points. The following season would be worse for Hill and BRM. His best result over the course of the season would be a 5th place at the United States Grand Prix. By the end of the season, Hill would have earned just 3 points and would end up 16th in the championship standings. Page: 1 2 3 next >>