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Josh Hill, son of Damon and grandson of the late Graham, is aiming for victory in this weekend’s New Zealand Grand Prix en route to his eventual goal of becoming the first ever third generation Formula 1 World Champion. Over the European winter, the 21-year-old has again been maintaining his race craft in New Zealand.
Following a season of Formula Renault UK which featured both promise and frustration last year, Hill is now planning a title attack in 2012. Although having a particularly famous father can add to the pressure, Josh remains realistic.
“I try not to get too distracted by that,” he told GPUpdate.net. “I try and focus on the job in hand, but I think everyone has got to have that motivation at the end of the tunnel to pull them along. For me, that is being the first third generation World Champion, because that would be an unbelievable thing to happen to me and I am sure there would be a lot of people out there who would be very excited to see that happen.
“I think it’s quite easy to have an ambition but not really know how you are going to get there or where you are going to go. Motorsport is a wide category – you can sometimes almost go anywhere and still end up in F1 (laughs). You just have to look at di Resta, Webber and Schumacher, who all came from sports cars.”
Hill now sets his sights on the upcoming weekend, which brings down the curtain on the 2012 Toyota Racing Series of New Zealand; despite an airborne crash involving GP3’s Mitch Evans last weekend, the Englishman had managed to notch up a win and four podium finishes across the first three events of the campaign.
“You obviously get those weekends which don’t go to plan, but hopefully this will be one which does so we can wrap up my TRS 2012 season with a New Zealand Grand Prix win,” he continues. “Somebody has already told me that it would make me the first third generation Grand Prix winner…apart from the F1 races and the Macau Grand Prix, it’s the only other one which is allowed to be called ‘Grand Prix’!”
Grandfather Graham picked up two world titles in 1962 and 1968 with BRM and Lotus, respectively, whereas father Damon was the last British World Champion before Lewis Hamilton, memorably claiming the crown with Williams in 1996.