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David Wishart Hobbs (born June 9, 1939 in Royal Leamington Spa, England) is a former British racing driver in Formula One. He is most well known for his role as a commentator for Formula One races in the United States, first on ESPN, then Speed Channel and finally on NBC and NBC-Sports Networks.

Formula One CareerEdit

Before Formula OneEdit

1967Edit

1968Edit

1971Edit

1974Edit

Driving a McLaren M24, Hobbs started ninth and finished fifth at the 1974 Indianapolis 500.

Formula One BroadcasterEdit

Hobbs was one of the first commentators to doubt the safety improvements made to the Tamburello corner for 1990. Hobbs was doubtful that a concrete run-off area would make any difference in preventing a major accident at the corner. This would fatefully turn out to be correct when Satoru Nakajima and Riccardo Patrese were both injured in accidents at the corner in 1990 and 1992. However, most infamously, Hobbs was certainly proved to be correct when Ayrton Senna was killed at the corner in 1994. 

Speed Channel

Leigh Diffey (Left), David Hobbs (center), and Steve Matchett (Right) on Speed Channel

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1967 Bernard White Racing BRM 0 NC Report
Lola Cars Lola-BMW
1968 Honda Racing F1 Honda 0 NC Report
1971 Penske-White Racing McLaren-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
1974 Yardley Team McLaren McLaren-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 9
Starts 6
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0
Laps Raced 366
Distance Raced 1 864 km
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km
Doubles 0
Hat-Tricks 0

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pts Pos
1967 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Canada Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 0 NC
8th 10th 9th
1968 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 0 NC
Ret
1971 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 0 NC
10th
1974 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Sweden Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 0 NC
7th 9th


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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Quotes Edit

Commentary Edit

  • "Well I must say that the weight limit in these cars is so low, it makes for ridiculously light drivers. I really think they should weigh the car and the driver just like they do in horse racing." - Discussing the new weight regulations. ESPN. 1990 Brazilian Grand Prix. 
  • "I'm not sure of the overall safety of that." On the safety improvements to the Tamburello corner. ESPN. 1990 San Marino Grand Prix.
  • The Lotus team and the Camel people all think extremely highly of a young Martin Donnelly. Of course, he learned it all from a certain older driver when they drove together in a Porsche 962 at Nurburgring, a couple of years ago. I can't remember who that driver is now.... "  ESPN. 1990 San Marino Grand Prix.
  • "I consider anything above 15 [mph] a big moment." Discussing what is considered a major loss of control in a car. ESPN. 1990 San Marino Grand Prix.

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