1996 world champion admits discomfort at having to interpret rules at Monaco Grand Prix
20 May 2010

F1 world champion Damon Hill says he is no longer sure former drivers should be acting as FIA stewards at grands prix.

The 1996 world champion was on the stewards' panel at the Monaco Grand Prix, and as part of his duties he had to make a call on Michael Schumacher's late-race dive inside Fernando Alonso when the safety car peeled in.

Hill says he has subsequently been receiving hate mail, after the stewards decided to hand Schumacher a 20-second penalty.

"I was uncomfortable being put in that position of being a full FIA representative. My expertise is as a driver rather than a law maker or interpreter of regulations," said Hill.

"Partly my discomfort was because I was called on to make a ruling on an incident involving Michael.

"I know most people will believe me when I say I acted entirely properly and correctly, but perhaps it might be more appropriate for drivers to act as consultants to the stewards rather than as stewards."

Other drivers to have served as stewards this season include Alain Prost, Alex Wurz, Derek Warwick and Johnny Herbert.

For his part, Schumacher has said he believes Hill acted correctly.

"I know Damon. He is a good guy," said Schumacher.

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20 May 2010

He's a model sporting gentleman - one of very, very few. However, I'm not surprised he's getting hate mail over this incident - given some of the F1 'fans' on this forum alone. There are lots of people who simply cannot be objective about ANY subject, and when it involves something for which their heads seem completely brainwashed with, then they simply revert back to some ancient tribalism. The thread on Button's retirement that I contributed to is typical. As I said then, it's just an insignificant event which has no real bearing on real life - yet people take it unhealthily too seriously - even those involved in it. F1 almost serves up as much vitriol as football!

20 May 2010

[quote golfman]

He's a model sporting gentleman - one of very, very few. However, I'm not surprised he's getting hate mail over this incident - given some of the F1 'fans' on this forum alone. There are lots of people who simply cannot be objective about ANY subject, and when it involves something for which their heads seem completely brainwashed with, then they simply revert back to some ancient tribalism. The thread on Button's retirement that I contributed to is typical. As I said then, it's just an insignificant event which has no real bearing on real life - yet people take it unhealthily too seriously - even those involved in it. F1 almost serves up as much vitriol as football!

[/quote] Here we go again. Yes, of course, nothing matters compared to starving children. While, ultimately, that is true, if we all went through our days measuring everything against that kind of absolute we would care about nothing except absolutes and there'd be no F1. There's also be no Don Giovanni, no Mona Lisa, no Blade Runner, no Olympics, no Hey Jude, man would not have landed on the moon and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel would be covered in Artex. Caring about things that, ultimately, don't matter is what makes us human. It also begs the question, if all this is such trivia, why you feel it matters enough to waste time commenting here when that time could be better spent on things that 'really' matter...

20 May 2010

I don't think Leonardo da Vinci was a nutty blogger....in fact any hatemail that he wrote would probably have to have been sent by donkey...

20 May 2010

Lesia. No, yet again (amazingly) you're missing the point. It's perfectly normal and human to have a strong interest in something (that's why I bother to come onto this site and comment - I like cars). That's normal. What you and others failt to see - and why Hill had hate mail - is that it should be placed on a order of importance. What people tend to do (especially football fans) is to place that importance too high, way too high. Do you see? Sport is all very good, but in the grand scheme of things it's not important. So when Button's mechanic left that bung in, all it meant was that Button went out of the race (which he may of done anyway). He shouldn't be "devastated", he should be annoyed with himself. He COULD be devastated if he had left a wheel nut off, Button crashed and injured or even killed himself. THAT would be a normal reaction. To be "devastated" because you made a simple mistake which may, or may not, have cost Button some points, is an over-reaction, and the sort of over-reaction displayed by some here. This is why it doesn't surprise me that Hill has had hate mail for his contribution to three other race stewards on the question of Schumacher and Brawn not understanding a simple rule. People take sport wayyy too seriously.

Spewing out vitriol on a forum because someone else has criticised a driver you happen to admire is indicative of a modern trend toward a lack of ability to place things in importance. So this has nothing to do with starving children, Don Giovanni, Mona Lisa, Blade Runner, Olympics, Hey Jude, man landing on the moon, or the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel being covered in Artex. It has everything to do with seeing things in their context of importance - something I'm afraid you (incredibly) completely fail to see, sir.

20 May 2010

What you fail to see is that without people who are devastated there would be no Formula 1 (or any of the other things I mentioned, which have plenty to do with it). Instead of the cutting edge at the pinnacle of motor sport we'd have relaxed Sunday afternoon racing in average cars. Show me anyone who reaches the pinnacle of their chosen endeavour without being devastated when they get it completely wrong. No-one gets to the top unless it matters - it takes too much to be done casually.

20 May 2010

If Hill can't live with the decisions he makes then move aside and let someone else do the job. I'm sure a premier league referee has made more costly decisions in their time but they get on with it. Take the money, do the job. But don't expect the same money for not having the final word. The buck has to stop somewhere Damon and after F1, you don't get a sexy blonde to hold an umbrella for you anymore

20 May 2010

Lesia, no you are simply wrong when you say that there would be no F1 unless people get "devastated"! This is not just a matter of differing opinion, you are actually wrong. There would STILL be F1, there would STILL be football - and all the other sports. As I said on the other thread, EVEN Button just shrugged his shoulders. Even he accepts that it's not the end of the world. What you think is that people should be so desperately immersed in sport that when something rather insignificant happens it should be treated with much gravitas! This is absurd nonsense, and graphically illustrates your 'incorrect reasoning' - something you share with others. Try and see life differently. Do you rage at another driver when he makes a mistake? I don't, because I see that he/she has simply made a mistake - we all do it. I don't want to come across as all philisophical, but life itself is more important than anything else - then there is an order of importance on things. A mechanic leaving a bung in rates desperately low! Seriously mate, you have to get a life.

20 May 2010

[quote golfman]Seriously mate, you have to get a life.[/quote] Worth noting that the only one who has displayed anything close to the vitriol you condemned, in either this or the other thread, is yourself. Ironic, isn't it...

20 May 2010

Who then?, football referee's!

Peter Cavellini.

20 May 2010

Would have to agree, just reading through Golfmans post leaves me incredulous. Sweeping generalisations and patronising, pompous responses, you give golf a bad name mate! I don't doubt that some people get things out of persepctive, at time we all do, but in the main most of us enjoy the exchange of views and an opportunity to express our own, all you seem intent on doing is stifling debate with your inane observations.

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