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Hill driven back to the real world

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The last thing Damon Hill would have wanted as he prepared to start defending his place on the Formula One throne was a problem as absurd as his tailored racing seat going missing.

Motor-racing: Wheel to wheel combat

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Motor-racing: The duel for Damon's domain

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People & Business: Damon Hill races away with Everton's funding

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Motor racing: Hill's new tyres get seal of approval from Berger

Damon Hill will be a serious Formula One competitor this coming season - especially with his team's new tyres, one of his main rivals, Gerhard Berger, predicted yesterday.

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Motor racing: New car fires Hill's optimism and ambition

He marched into the hall a mite starchily behind a brass band and stood uneasily beneath the explosion of bangers and sparklers, before completing the rehearsed ritual by declaring, "something's missing," from his new car. At which point the offending cover was peeled away to reveal the world champion's No 1.

From Ardal to OJ: the names in the frame

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Middle-of-the-road honours for middle-brow Britain

Perhaps it will be known as John Major's slippers-and-cardigan list. Cosy, safe, middle-of-the-road, the New Year Honours sum up the Prime Minister's image as a man who enjoys his frozen peas. They smack of a man in his last days of office who wants to say a big "thank you and good-bye" to all those who have kept him entertained along the way.

Accolade for Major's boyhood cricket hero

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Sport on TV: Horse laughs and boom-boom time for gimmicks

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