Hill sees world title potential in son Josh

Hill sees world title potential in son Josh

4 January 2013 – Damon Hill believes his son Josh has the potential to become a third generation Formula 1 World Champion. The former title winner, who followed in the footsteps of late father Graham, is adamant that the 21-year-old has what it takes to succeed.

Josh's racing career began in an unusual way by modern-day standards, skipping kart racing all together and making his debut in the 2008 Ginetta Junior Winter Series. He claimed the title at his first attempt, moving to Formula Ford as a result. Since then, he has enjoyed success in Formula Renault and the Toyota Racing Series.

Josh sporting his father's iconic helmet design

"I can honestly say Josh has the potential to get to the very top," Hill senior explained to the London Evening Standard newspaper. "I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t believe it. He still has a lot to learn but he’s quite a formidable driver. As a racing driver, you either have it or you don’t, and he’s amazing to watch.

"Josh has the potential to be a third generation World Champion. I’m not sure if the Hill name helps or hinders in terms of getting acceptance. I think it can make life harder to prove yourself."

Despite the natural expectation from his surname, Josh insists that he feels no added pressure and has been left encouraged by his recent Formula Renault results.

"I don’t feel the pressure," he said. "I dipped my toe in the water and had something there. I like to think I’ve moved up on merit. I feel I proved myself with my results last season and it’s great to have dad ­looking over my shoulder... most of the time."

Damon, now 52 years of age, sealed his sole title at the 1996 Japanese Grand Prix, while Graham claimed the Drivers' crown in 1962 and 1968. Josh finished third overall in the 2012 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC championship, achieving five victories. He was also named as one of six finalists for the McLaren Autosport BRDC award.

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