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United Kingdom Norman Graham Hill

Races: 179
Podiums: 36
Championships: 2
Career Points: 270

1958United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus   Climax FPF 2.0 L4 12
Lotus 16 
1959United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus Climax FPF 2.5 L4 Lotus 16 
1960United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM   BRM P25 2.5 L4 BRM P25
BRM P48 
1961United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM Climax FPF 1.5 L4 P48/57 
1962United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM 42 BRM P56 1.5 V8 BRM P57
1963United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM 36 BRM P56 1.5 V8, BRM P60 1.5 V8 BRM P57
1964United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM 42 BRM P60 1.5 V8 P261
1965United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM 45 BRM P60 1.5 V8 P261 
1966United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM 22 BRM P60 2.0 V8, BRM P75 3.0 H16 P261
1967United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 28 BRM P75 3.0 H16, Climax FWMV 2.0 V8, BRM P60 2.1 V8, Cosworth DFV 43
Lotus Type 49
1968United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 62 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 49
1969United Kingdom Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus 47 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 49B
1970United Kingdom Rob Walker Racing Team Lotus   Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 49C
Lotus 72 
1971United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Brabham BT33
1972United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Brabham BT37
Brabham BT33
1973United Kingdom Embassy Racing with Graham Hill Shadow   Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Shadow DN1 
1974United Kingdom Embassy Racing with Graham Hill Lola 12 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Lola T370 
1975United Kingdom Embassy Racing with Graham Hill    Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Hill GH1 
1975United Kingdom Embassy Racing with Graham Hill Lola   Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 Lola T370

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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.
1975T371Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1975Lola T370Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1975Hill GH1Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1974Lola T370Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1973Shadow DN1Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1972BT34Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1972Brabham BT33Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1972Brabham BT37Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1971BT34Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1971Brabham BT33Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
1970Lotus 72Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
197049CFord Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
196963Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
196949BFord Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
196849BFord Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
196849Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
196748BRM P75 3.0 H16, Climax FWMV 2.0 V8, BRM P60 2.1 V8, Cosworth DFV
1967Lotus Type 49BRM P75 3.0 H16, Climax FWMV 2.0 V8, BRM P60 2.1 V8, Cosworth DFV
196733BRM P75 3.0 H16, Climax FWMV 2.0 V8, BRM P60 2.1 V8, Cosworth DFV
196743BRM P75 3.0 H16, Climax FWMV 2.0 V8, BRM P60 2.1 V8, Cosworth DFV
1966P83BRM P60 2.0 V8, BRM P75 3.0 H16
1966P261BRM P60 2.0 V8, BRM P75 3.0 H16
1965P261BRM P60 1.5 V8
1964P67BRM P60 1.5 V8
1964P261BRM P60 1.5 V8
1963P61BRM P56 1.5 V8, BRM P60 1.5 V8
1963BRM P57BRM P56 1.5 V8, BRM P60 1.5 V8
1962BRM P57BRM P56 1.5 V8
1962P48/57BRM P56 1.5 V8
1961P48/57Climax FPF 1.5 L4
1960BRM P48BRM P25 2.5 L4
1960BRM P25BRM P25 2.5 L4
1959Lotus 16Climax FPF 2.5 L4
1958Lotus 16Climax FPF 2.0 L4
195812Climax 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.

T370  T370  GH1  GH1  T370  T370  DN1  DN1  BT33  BT33  BT37  BT37  BT33  BT33  
72  72  Type 49  Type 49  P57  P57  P57  P57  P48  P48  P25  P25  16  16  
16  16  
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.

United Kingdom Drivers  F1 Drivers From United Kingdom 
George Edgar Abecassis
Henry Clifford Allison
Robert 'Bob' Anderson
Peter Arundell
Peter Hawthorn Ashdown
Ian Hugh Gordon Ashley
Gerald Ashmore
William 'Bill' Aston
Richard James David 'Dickie' Attwood
Julian Bailey
John Barber
Donald Beauman
Derek Reginald Bell
Mike Beuttler
Mark Blundell
Eric Brandon
Thomas 'Tommy' Bridger
Thomas 'Tommy' Bridger
David Bridges
Anthony William Brise
Chris Bristow
Charles Anthony Standish 'Tony' Brooks
Alan Everest Brown
William Archibald Scott Brown
Martin John Brundle
Ivor Léon John Bueb
Ian Burgess
Jenson Alexander Lyons Button
Michael John Campbell-Jones
Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman
Max Chilton
James 'Jim' Clark, Jr.
Peter John Collins
David Marshall Coulthard
Piers Raymond Courage
Christopher Craft
Jim Crawford
John Colum 'Johnny Dumfries' Crichton-Stuart
Tony Crook
Geoffrey Crossley
Anthony Denis Davidson
Colin Charles Houghton Davis
Tony Dean
Paul di Resta
Hugh Peter Martin Donnelly
Kenneth Henry Downing
Bernard Charles 'Bernie' Ecclestone
Guy Richard Goronwy Edwards
Victor Henry 'Vic' Elford
Paul Emery
Robert 'Bob' Evans
Jack Fairman
Alfred Lazarus 'Les Leston' Fingleston
John Fisher
Ron Flockhart
Philip Fotheringham-Parker
Joe Fry
Divina Mary Galica
Frederick Roberts 'Bob' Gerard
Peter Kenneth Gethin
Richard Gibson
Horace Gould
Keith Greene
Brian Gubby
Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood
Bruce Halford
Duncan Hamilton
Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton
David Hampshire
Thomas Cuthbert 'Cuth' Harrison
Brian Hart
Mike Hawthorn
Brian Henton
John Paul 'Johnny' Herbert
Damon Graham Devereux Hill
Norman Graham Hill
David Wishart Hobbs
James Simon Wallis Hunt
Robert McGregor Innes Ireland
Edmund 'Eddie' Irvine, Jr.
Chris Irwin
John James
Leslie Johnson
Thomas Kenrick Kavanagh 'Ken' Kavanagh
Rupert Keegan
Christopher J. Lawrence
Geoffrey Lees
Jackie Lewis
Stuart Nigel Lewis-Evans
Michael George Hartwell MacDowel
Lance Noel Macklin
Damien Magee
Nigel Ernest James Mansell
Leslie Marr
Anthony Ernest 'Tony' Marsh
Steve Matchett
Raymond Mays
Kenneth McAlpine
Perry McCarthy
Allan McNish
John Miles
Robin 'Monty' Montgomerie-Charrington
Dave Morgan
Bill Moss
Sir Stirling Moss
David Murray
John Brian Naylor
Timothy 'Tiff' Needell
Lando Norris
Rodney Nuckey
Keith Jack Oliver
Arthur Owen
Dr. Jonathan Charles Palmer
Jolyon Palmer
Michael Johnson Parkes
Reginald 'Tim' Parnell
Reginald 'Tim' Parnell
Reginald Harold Haslam Parnell
David Piper
Roger Dennistoun 'Dennis' Poore
David Prophet
Thomas Maldwyn Pryce
David Charles Purley
Ian Raby
Brian Herman Thomas Redman
Alan Rees
Lance Reventlow
John Rhodes
William Kenneth 'Ken' Richardson
John Henry Augustin Riseley-Prichard
Richard Robarts
Alan Rollinson
Tony Rolt
George Russell
Roy Francesco Salvadori
Brian Shawe-Taylor
Stephen South
Michael 'Mike' Spence
Alan Stacey
William Stevens
Ian Macpherson M Stewart
James Robert 'Jimmy' Stewart
Sir John Young Stewart
John Surtees
Andy Sutcliffe
Dennis Taylor
Henry Taylor
John Taylor
Michael Taylor
Trevor Taylor
Eric Thompson
Leslie Thorne
Desmond Titterington
Tony Trimmer
Peter Walker
Derek Stanley Arthur Warwick
John Marshall 'Wattie' Watson
Peter Westbury
Kenneth Wharton
Edward N. 'Ted' Whiteaway
Graham Whitehead
Peter Whitehead
Bill Whitehouse
Robin Michael Widdows
Mike Wilds
Jonathan Williams
Roger Williamson
Justin Wilson
Vic Wilson
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.

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Formula One World Drivers' Champions
1950 G. Farina
1951 J. Fangio
1952 A. Ascari
1953 A. Ascari
1954 J. Fangio
1955 J. Fangio
1956 J. Fangio
1957 J. Fangio
1958 M. Hawthorn
1959 S. Brabham
1960 S. Brabham
1961 P. Hill, Jr
1962 N. Hill
1963 J. Clark, Jr.
1964 J. Surtees
1965 J. Clark, Jr.
1966 S. Brabham
1967 D. Hulme
1968 N. Hill
1969 S. Stewart
1970 K. Rindt
1971 S. Stewart
1972 E. Fittipaldi
1973 S. Stewart
1974 E. Fittipaldi
1975 A. Lauda
1976 J. Hunt
1977 A. Lauda
1978 M. Andretti
1979 J. Scheckter
1980 A. Jones
1981 N. Piquet
1982 K. Rosberg
1983 N. Piquet
1984 A. Lauda
1985 A. Prost
1986 A. Prost
1987 N. Piquet
1988 A. Senna
1989 A. Prost
1990 A. Senna
1991 A. Senna
1992 N. Mansell
1993 A. Prost
1994 M. Schumacher
1995 M. Schumacher
1996 D. Hill
1997 J. Villeneuve
1998 M. Hakkinen
1999 M. Hakkinen
2000 M. Schumacher
2001 M. Schumacher
2002 M. Schumacher
2003 M. Schumacher
2004 M. Schumacher
2005 F. Alonso
2006 F. Alonso
2007 K. Raikkonen
2008 L. Hamilton
2009 J. Button
2010 S. Vettel
2011 S. Vettel
2012 S. Vettel
2013 S. Vettel
2014 L. Hamilton
2015 L. Hamilton
2016 N. Rosberg
2017 L. Hamilton
2018 L. Hamilton
2019 L. Hamilton

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