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Ex-F1 champ Damon Hill praises rival Michael Schumacher, says German is the best of the best

Friday, 17 January 2014 - 8:26am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

His collision with Michael Schumacher in the 1994 Australian Grand Prix may have cost him the championship by one point, but Damon Hill is all praise for the seven-time F1 World Champion, who is battling for his life after a skiing accident. Incidentally, that year the German legend won his first title.

Hill, the 1996 champion, is in the city as the ambassador for the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on January 19. “Schumi’s accident makes us realise how vulnerable we are and how precious life is,” he said.

“It’s definitely a dark cloud hanging over Formula One at the moment because he is such a large part of the sport and a lot of people know him very well and have immense respect for him. He is the best of the best.”

About the marathon, the 53-year old Brit said, “The participants should try to get what they came for. I do hope that through this run, they find out something about themselves.”

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