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Embassy Hill
Full name Embassy Hill
Base United Kingdom
Founder(s) Graham Hill
Noted drivers Graham Hill
Tony Brise
Alan Jones
Rolf Stommelen
Formula One World Championship career
Constructors Shadow-Ford
Lola-Ford
Hill-Ford
Debut 1973 Spanish Grand Prix
Races competed 41
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
Final race 1975 United States Grand Prix
Hill as a Formula One constructor
Formula One World Championship career
Entrants Embassy Hill
Debut 1975 Spanish Grand Prix
Final race 1975 United States Grand Prix
Races competed 11
Race victories 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0

Embassy Hill was a short-lived Formula One team started by the two-time Formula One world-champion Graham Hill, racing as a constructor with its own chassis in 1975. The team debuted in 1973 and had limited success in three seasons of racing, but everything was cut short by the death of Graham Hill and some of the team's top personnel in a small plane crash months before the 1976 season. The team was sponsored by Imperial Tobacco's Embassy cigarette brand and ran under various names during its time.

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History

Embassy Racing With Graham Hill came first into being when Graham Hill decided to leave his previous team, Brabham, unhappy with the atmosphere there. He announced in late 1972[1] he was starting his own team, acting as owner and driver.

Securing sponsorship from Embassy, Hill started operating a team with cars purchased from Shadow. Things did not go well that year: the team's best finish was ninth at Zolder, being the last finisher among 9 cars (the former World Champion also started 23rd of 23 cars that race).

The chassis for 1974 were bought from Lola, until in 1975 the team debuted its own chassis, the GH1 model designed by Andy Smallman (which drew heavily from the design of previous year's Lola cars).[1]

Unfortunately, the debut of the GH1 at the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix[2] was marred by Rolf Stommelen's rear wing strut collapsing, pitching the German's car into the crowd and killing four people.

Hill's 1973 Shadow DN1 being demonstrated at the 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Stommelen was injured in the accident and did not return until the second half of the season.

After failing to qualify at the 1975 Monaco Grand Prix, a race he had won five times, Hill no longer drove himself; instead driving duties for that car were taken over by Tony Brise. Brise, considered a rising star,[3] scored fifth place in the 1975 German Grand Prix.

Alan Jones took over the second car for most of the races Stommelen was out; the Australian finished sixth in the 1975 Swedish Grand Prix and qualified sixth for the 1975 Italian Grand Prix.

François Migault and Vern Schuppan were also seen behind the wheel of the second Hill that year. Stommelen returned later in the year.

End of team

On a foggy day in late November 1975, Hill personnel were returning from France where they had tested next year's GH2 model when their small plane crashed near London and everyone on board, including Hill, Smallman and Brise, were killed.[4] The racing community lost six members from the Hill team total.[5]

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Chassis Engine(s) Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points WCC
1973 Shadow
DN1
Ford V8 G ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE FRA GBR NED GER AUT ITA CAN USA - -
Graham Hill Ret 9 Ret Ret 10 Ret NC 13 Ret 14 16 13
1974 Lola
T370
Ford V8 F ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA - -
Graham Hill Ret 11 12 Ret 8 7 6 Ret 13 13 9 12 8 14 8
Guy Edwards 11 Ret DNQ 12 8 7 Ret 15 DNS DNQ
Rolf Stommelen Ret Ret 11 12
Peter Gethin Ret
1975 Lola
T370
T371
Hill
GH1
Ford V8 G ARG BRA RSA ESP MON BEL SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA USA 3 11th
Graham Hill 10 12 DNQ DNQ
Tony Brise Ret 6 7 7 15 Ret 15 Ret Ret
Rolf Stommelen 13 14 7 Ret 16 Ret
François Migault NC Ret
Vern Schuppan Ret
Alan Jones 13 16 10 5

References

  1. ^ a b GrandPrix.com, GP Encyclopedia - Embassy Hill Racing, [1]
  2. ^ "THE CHAMPIONS / More than Mister Monaco: Graham Hill – all-rounder extraordinary". http://forix.autosport.com/8w/ghill.html. Retrieved 2008-06-21.  
  3. ^ Tremayne, David. The Lost Generation. Haynes Publishing. ISBN 1-84425-205-1.  
  4. ^ BBC, This day in history-- 1975: Graham Hill killed in air crash. [2]
  5. ^ Graham Hill, 46, Retired Racer, In Fatal Crash Piloting His Plane. UPI News Service. December 1, 1975 (Monday) New York Times archive







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