“Damon deserves it”

06. Nov 2021 
by Ziv Knoll

When Damon Hill became 1996 Formula 1 World Champion after a thrilling final in Suzuka, Michael Schumacher, his greatest rival reacted with elegance, Eddie Irvine, slightly less so:

Michael Schumacher: “I really feel that he deserves it. He has waited a long time for this title. For sure it was a tough few years, but congratulations to him. He has had a great season, eight victories, and it’s not just by luck – he really fought for it. He will have a lot of questions asking him how he feels – and I had the same thing. It will take time to sink in, but he deserves it.”

Eddie Irvine: “I’m well pleased for Damon. I know I give him a hard time because I don’t rate him that highly, but he does deserve it.”

Source: Williams/LAT

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