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Bring Back V10s: Why did Williams really drop Hill?

Jan 5 2023

Damon Hill was firmly on the way to winning the 1996 Formula 1 world championship for Williams when the shock news broke that the team was dropping him for Heinz-Harald Frentzen for 1997.

The new series of our classic F1 tales podcast Bring Back V10s launches with an episode all about that bombshell.

Karun Chandhok and Edd Straw join host Glenn Freeman to explore the many theories for why Williams took that decision and revisit how it was all handled at the time. Williams insiders from the time and the man who broke the story – Andrew Benson, now of the BBC – also contribute.

They also explore how Hill ended up picking backmarker Arrows as his post-Williams destination and how Frank Williams and Patrick Head ultimately felt about their decision given how things turned out with Frentzen.

Bring Back V10s is available through all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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