Phil Hill died at 81

Posted on Friday, 29 August 2008 , 13:08:17 byEmil

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Phil Hill died at 81

Phil Hill is the only America-born driver ever winning the Formula 1 title and has passed away, he was 81 years old. Phil Hill died on Thursday at the Community Hospital in Monterey, in California, from complications of the Parkinson disease. Hill won the F1 1961 title for Ferrari, and the first American wining the 24-hour at the Le Mans—a 3 time winner. He won also the 12-hour race Sebring 3 times. “I had an amazing amount of luck to race for 22 years and not a drop of blood or a broken bone,” Hill said once. “Maybe I wasn’t trying hard enough.”

“Phil was a very special guy and had a love for the automotive age,” said Dan Gurney, teammate for Ferrari. “He was always a potential winner when he sat in a race car. He was both a competitor and a close friend and a fellow I could look up to.”

Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari’s president, said on a statement: “I, as well as all employees of Ferrari are extremely saddened by the news of the passing of Phil Hill, a man and a champion who gave so much to Ferrari and who has always greatly represented the company’s values inside and outside the racing track.”