Checkered flag comes out for Hill's Formula One career


SUZUKA, Japan -- Damon Hill will drive in his 115th and last Formula One race tomorrow -- the Japanese Grand Prix -- before finally retiring after threatening to do it several times before.

Hill, 39, who was world champion in 1996 and finished second to Michael Schumacher the two previous years, won 22 races in his seven-year Formula One career.

Britain's Hill won only once in the past three seasons, though, and was going to quit in July before finishing fifth at the British Grand Prix.

He won the Japanese Grand Prix in 1994 and 1996, when victory sealed his world championship.

"The Suzuka circuit is one I enjoy driving on very much -- it holds many happy memories for me," said Hill, who has accumulated only seven points in 15 races this year.

"I would love to end the season with a good result."

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