Hopes that Formula 1 could one day have its first third-generation World Champion appear to be over, with Josh Hill – son of 1996 title-winner Damon, and grandson of the late two-time champion Graham – has called time on his motorsport career.
The 22-year-old had been competing in this year’s European Formula 3 Championship with the Fortec Motorsport stable. He currently lies tenth in the Drivers’ Championship standings, having claimed a second-placed finish in one of the races at Hockenheim.
The reasons prompting his decision to quit are currently unclear.
“Coming from the Hill family it was inevitable that I would be drawn to racing. I have learned an enormous amount and really enjoyed the experience, but I do not want to compete unless I am 100 percent devoted,” he is quoted as saying in a media release.
“As I now have ambitions in other fields I feel it is the right move to withdraw from racing.”
“Being born into a racing dynasty is not something many of us can easily relate to. It is entirely understandable if Josh has to find out if racing is his main calling or not,” his father Damon added.
“So it is with some sadness that we make this announcement. I’m sure there will be many disappointed ‘Hill’ fans out there but we hope they will be understanding. It is sometimes braver to stop than to carry on.
“He has my total support as always.”