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American racer Phil Hill has died aged 81 // Ferrari offer their condolences as an F1 champion passes away

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This is F1Minute and it’s the 29th August 2008.

Sad news to begin with, ex-F1 champion Phil Hill has died aged 81. Hill is the only native-born American to have won the title, and did so in 1961 driving for Ferrari. He won three Le Mans races, and started 48 F1 races, winning just three of them. He retired in 1967. Hill died yesterday due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease.

Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo issued a statement after hearing the news, saying: “I, as well as all employees of Ferrari, am extremely saddened by the news of the passing of Phil Hill, a man and a champion who gave so much to Ferrari and who has always greatly represented the company's values inside and outside the racing track.”

Finally, a quick update on the test at Monza, Hamilton has finished the final day with the fastest time, followed by Räikkönen and then surprisingly, Fisichella in the Force India.

That’s it for today, please join me again tomorrow for another F1Minute.