Damon Hill celebrates on the podium after winning the crash-plagued Belgium Formula One Grand Prix. - Gulf News Archives Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

1998 - Damon Hill won the first ever Grand Prix for Jordan in a turbulent crash-and rain-ridden Belgian Formula One Grand Prix, where world championship leader Mika Hakkinen was out early and challenger Michael Schumacher missed out on the top spot because of a crash. Only eight of the 22 cars finished the race which had to be restarted after a 57-minute break after a dozen cars crashed into each other a few seconds into the original race. The 1996 world champion Hill eventually won in the driving rain to give Jordan their first ever Grand Prix win. He completed the 44 laps for 306.577km in 1 hour 43 minutes 47.407 seconds.

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