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Great day for coming a sporting second

Sports fans enjoyed a feast of great British seconds yesterday. At the World Athletics Championships in Athens, the 4 x 400 metres relay team came off worse in a continuing struggle with the United States - which dates back to Britain's famous victory in the event in 1991 - while Damon Hill, the motor-racing world champion, came heartbreakingly close to claiming victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Motor Racing: Hill achieves the improbable

Others might have crumpled in grief and he would have been forgiven for so doing. Instead, Damon Hill stood calmly in second place on the podium here, a smile rippling across his face as he soaked up the satisfaction.

McLaren are Hill's favoured option

Damon Hill as good as admitted here yesterday that McLaren-Mercedes are his preferred option for next year. The problem is that he risks being stranded in another uncompetitive car by holding out for what he considers will be a potentially championship challenging opportunity.

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Motor Racing: Hill leaves critics on the grid

Damon Hill delighted his fans and confounded his critics, not least his Arrows-Yamaha team boss, Tom Walkinshaw, with a strong performance to take 12th place on the grid for today's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Motor Racing: Hill in tune after disharmony

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Walkinshaw's warning to Hill

BRITISH GRAND PRIX: Arrows chief says his leading driver must do better



Future of Hill in doubt at Arrows

Damon Hill's Formula One future is back in the balance after his Arrows team lost out on a lucrative engine supply deal with Mugen-Honda to their British rivals, Jordan.

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Q. Damon Hill, the Formula One World champion, has scored no points so far this season and looks on course for a points-free campaign. Is there any precedent for this?

Motor racing: Senna 'oversteered'

Damon Hill, the Formula One world champion, told a court yesterday that oversteer might have caused the crash that killed Ayrton Senna at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994.

Motor racing: Fans flock to see Hill

Damon Hill showed he is still a winner to his British fans despite his frustrating start to the season. Thousands of the Formula One world champion's supporters attended an Arrows open day in Oxfordshire yesterday.

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