Hill demonstrates Renault to British PM 19 Jul 2006
Former world champion Damon Hill got back behind the wheel of a Renault-powered Formula One car on Tuesday, when he drove an R25 - Fernando Alonsos title-winning machine - in central London, in front of British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The short demonstration run, organized to mark this weeks opening of the British Motor Show, took place in Whitehall, just down the road from Blairs official Downing Street residence.
"This was only a small demo of the car, but I am proud to have taken part in this unique project," said Hill, now President of the British Racing Drivers Club. To have a Formula One car running in the heart of Whitehall, in the presence of the Prime Minister, is the most dramatic way possible of highlighting Britains standing in one of the most challenging sporting disciplines in the world."
Hills association with Renault - whose Formula One operation has bases in both Britain and France - dates back to his days with Williams, when he won the 1996 drivers title at the wheel of the Renault-powered FW18.