|Date of Birth||15-2-29|
Note: Above the Lotus column refers to the use of a Lotus chassis, as well as driving for Team Lotus
Graham Hill is probably now as well known for being the father of Damon Hill as he is for his racing career. A career that includes two World Championships and five wins at Monaco (only bettered by Ayrton Senna's six wins). He is the only driver to win the F1 World Championship, Indy 500 (in a Lola Ford - 1966) and Le Mans 24 Hour (for Matra - 1972) (Mario Andretti is still working on the last one).
After finally persuading Colin Champan to let him race, he had two retirement-strewn seasons with Team Lotus before joining BRM. During the following seven seasons he clinched his first World Championship in 1962. He then came back to partner Jim Clark at Lotus.
After Clark's death he won his second World Championship in 1968. At the penultimate race of the 1969 season at Watkins Glen he broke both his legs, and his place in the team was taken by John Miles. During his recovery he drove for privateer Rob Walker's Lotus based Brooke Bond Oxo team with little success.
This was followed by two seasons at Brabham before setting up (and driving for) his own team backed by Embassy Tobacco. He finally retired after failing to qualify for the 1975 Monaco GP, the scene of some of his greatest victories. He was killed in 1976 along with other members of the Embassy Hill team when the plane (in which Ronnie Peterson was scheduled to fly) he was piloting crashed in heavy fog.