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Hill to offer an insight into F1

Former world champion Damon Hill says he can give Formula 1 fans a unique insight into what it means to compete at the pinnacle of motorsport.

Hill, who will be a commentator this year on Sky Sports coverage of F1, says that unlike other sports, F1 is a difficult one for fans to relate to.

"Formula 1 is one of those sports that is very difficult to appreciate fully," said Hill on the Autosport website.

"A lot of people play football or have a go at golf, but it's difficult for most viewers to really relate to the experience of driving an F1 car and being a driver. I've been in the spotlight and the focus of attention with all of the pressures that drivers go through. It's how they cope with that that shows their mettle and what kind of character they are. That's what sport is. It's slightly cruel in that respect. You're putting them through a rather intense experience although they are volunteering to do it.

"It's a little bit like the acting adage that there are no small parts, there are only small actors. Those guys at the back of the grid have still got a chance. I've been there myself and knew that if that's all I had to drive, I had to make a good job of it.

"It's interesting from all sorts of perspectives. It's a story worth telling that there are drivers who keep on plugging away. Remember, Alonso drove for Minardi and made his name. A lot of drivers make a name for themselves with poor equipment. It's possible to do that."


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