If Damon Hill had to pick one driver on the current grid to be his teammate, it would be two-time world champion Fernando Alonso for him. The 1996 world champion praised the great teamwork that Alonso did in the last race of the first part of the season in Hungary, and he believes that he stands out from the others for such performances.
The British driver sees the Spaniard as an ideal teammate because he has the maturity for teamwork. Hill understands that when a driver is younger, it’s always complicated to share a garage with him. "I have to say that Fernando (Alonso) is at the top of the list of teammates I would like to have at the moment," Hill said.
"Ocon praised his work in Hungary, and maturity brought Alonso up. When you are younger, faster, and more competitive, it is complicated to work with someone, "he added. Hill recalls the high levels he had on the other side of the garage in his early years of Formula 1, as he had to compete with five drivers who own more than ten premier class races, four of whom were world champions.
The Briton explains that drivers compete passionately with the best, as long as they see themselves as capable of winning.
"My career has always been marked by the teammates I had. I was with Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, David Coulthard and Jacques Villeneuve.
" "You always like to fight side by side with the best, but you don't want to be with them if you don't see that you are capable of beating them," he explains. "I've never been a teammate to Michael Schumacher, but I've also raced against him in very similar cars."
“Of course, I’ll never know if he could fight Lewis Hamilton; all drivers like to know their actual position on the grid, ”said Damon Hill. Hill was building his career with top drivers who were the best drivers in F1 at the time.
Indeed, Hill himself was a fantasy driver who had a lot of success during his career. He also mentioned Hamilton, who is currently the most dominant F1 driver but not far from him is Max Verstappen, who could become the leader of Formula 1 in the coming years.
Still, Hill didn’t have the honor of racing with Hamilton, but he is aware of his skills and experience