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James Hunt
James Hunt Mclaren
Born 29 August 1947(1947-08-29)
Belmont nr Sutton, England, UK
Died 15 June 1993(1993-06-15) (aged 45)
Wimbledon, London, England, UK
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom GBR
Formula One World Championship Career
Status Deceased (heart attack)
Races 94 (92 starts)
Pole positions 14
Wins 10
Championships 1
Podiums 23
Fastest laps 8
Career Points 179
First Race 1973 Monaco Grand Prix
Last Race 1979 Monaco Grand Prix
First Win 1975 Dutch Grand Prix
Last Win 1977 Japanese Grand Prix
James Hunt
Full Name James Simon Wallis Hunt
Date of Birth 29 August 1947(1947-08-29)
Date of Death 15 June 1993(1993-06-15) (aged 45)
Occupation Commentator
Employer BBC
Years Active 19801993

James Simon Wallis Hunt (August 29, 1943 in Belmont nr Sutton, Surrey, England, United Kingdom – June 15, 1993 in Wimbledon, London, England, United Kingdom) was a British racing driver who competed in Formula One, becoming World Champion in 1976, beating Niki Lauda.

Hunt earned the nickname "Hunt the Shunt" for his on-track exploits. This on-track persona did not stay on track; Hunt was a playboy, sleeping with over 5000 women, and often consumed alcohol and drugs.

Hunt started in touring car racing, and eventually progressed into Formula 3. In 1973, he joined up with Lord Hesketh, and drove for the Hesketh team until he signed to drive for McLaren in 1976, his strong performances for Hesketh, including one win, marking him out as an ideal signing after Emerson Fittipaldi's late exit from the team. Hunt went on to won the championship, but by a very small margin after old roommate Niki Lauda's horrendous accident. Hunt never actually lead the championship until the final race. He was the only person to do this until Sebastian Vettel in 2010. For 1979, Hunt joined the Wolf team, but the car was uncompetitive and Hunt retired mid-season.

After retirement, he was signed up by the BBC to act as co-commentator to Murray Walker, whom Hunt was nearly an opposite to. Hunt continued in this role until his death in 1993 from a heart attack at the age of 45.


Formula One CareerEdit

Before Formula OneEdit

1973Edit

Racing for Lord Hesketh in Formula Two, the team was failing. Hunt wished to join his rival Niki Lauda in Formula One, but Lord Hesketh was low on funds. Nevertheless, Hesketh announced the creation of the Hesketh team for the 1973 season. The team would not become a registered constructor until the 1974 season and would only enter a single driver. The team was criticized for joining Formula One for the glamor rather than the racing. This criticism would not stop the team from being more competitive than the March works team, from which they purchased their chassis.

Both Hunt and the Hesketh team made their Formula One debut in the 1973 Monaco Grand Prix, just before the half way point in the season. Starting 18th on the grid, Hunt would later retire from the race because of an engine issue. Taking a one race break and skipping the 1973 Swedish Grand Prix, Hunt would earn his first career point in France after beating Arturo Merzario of Ferrari for a sixth place finish. In his home Grand Prix, he would again prove his competitiveness by setting the fastest lap and finishing just missing the podium by 0.4 seconds. This fourth place finish would earn him another three points, but these would not be has last of the season.

At the following race in the Netherlands, Hunt would finish on the bottom step of the podium. Although this was a happy day for Hunt, it would be a somber celebration after the drivers are told about the Roger Williamson who had died in a flaming crash on the seventh lap. Hunt would get to experience the podium once more in the season. At the United States Grand Prix, Hunt would finish just over 0.6 seconds behind Ronnie Peterson and earn the second step on the podium. Again the celebrations would be sad, as the drivers mourn the loss of François Cevert in a qualifying accident.

This was for sure a sad end to the season. Hunt had earned fourteen points throughout the season, despite only entering in half of the races on the season's calendar. This spectacular performance earned him eighth place in the World Drivers' Championship and the Campbell Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club. This trophy was awarded to the best British racing driver.

1974Edit

1975Edit

1976Edit

1977Edit

1978Edit

1979Edit

BroadcastingEdit

Helmet DesignEdit

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1973 Hesketh Racing March-Ford Cosworth 14 8th Report
1974 Hesketh Racing March-Ford Cosworth 15 8th Report
Hesketh-Ford Cosworth
1975 Hesketh Racing Hesketh-Ford Cosworth 33 4th Report
1976 Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren-Ford Cosworth 69 1st Report
1977 Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren-Ford Cosworth 40 5th Report
1978 Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren-Ford Cosworth 8 13th Report
1979 Olympus Cameras Wolf Racing Wolf-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 94
Starts 92
Pole Positions 14
Front Row Starts 24
Race Wins 10
Podiums 23
Fastest laps 8
Points 179
Laps Raced 3927
Distance Raced 18913.353 km
Races Led 24
Laps Led 666
Distance Led 3363.293 km
Doubles 7
Hat-Tricks 2

Race WinsEdit

Win Number Grand Prix
1 1975 Dutch Grand Prix
2 1976 Spanish Grand Prix
3 1976 French Grand Prix
4 1976 German Grand Prix
5 1976 Dutch Grand Prix
6 1976 Canadian Grand Prix
7 1976 United States Grand Prix
8 1977 British Grand Prix
9 1977 United States Grand Prix
10 1977 Japanese Grand Prix

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pts Pos
1973 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 France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 14 8th
9th 6th 4th 3rd Ret DNS 7th 2nd
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 15 8th
Ret 9th Ret 10th Ret Ret 3rd Ret Ret Ret Ret 3rd Ret 4th 3rd
1975 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium 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 the United States 33 4th
2nd 6th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 1st 2nd 4th Ret 2nd 5th 4th
1976 Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of the United States Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Sweden Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of Japan 69 1st
Ret 2nd Ret 1st Ret Ret 5th 1st DSQ 1st 4th 1st Ret 1st 1st 3rd
1977 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of the United States Flag of Spain 1977 1981 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of Sweden Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of Japan 40 5th
Ret 2nd 4th 7th Ret Ret 7th 12th 3rd 1st Ret Ret Ret Ret 1st Ret 1st
1978 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of the United States Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of Spain 1977 1981 Flag of Sweden Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Canada 8 13th
4th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6th 8th 3rd Ret DSQ Ret 10th Ret 7th Ret
1979 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of the United States Flag of Spain 1977 1981 Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Sweden Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 0 NC
Ret Ret 8th Ret Ret Ret Ret C


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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V T E List of World Drivers' Champions
1950: Guiseppe Farina
1951: Juan Manuel Fangio
1952: Alberto Ascari
1953: Alberto Ascari
1954: Juan Manuel Fangio
1955: Juan Manuel Fangio
1956: Juan Manuel Fangio
1957: Juan Manuel Fangio
1958: Mike Hawthorn
1959: Jack Brabham
1960: Jack Brabham
1961: Phil Hill
1962: Graham Hill
1963: Jim Clark
1964: John Surtees
1965: Jim Clark
1966: Jack Brabham
1967: Denny Hulme
1968: Graham Hill
1969: Jackie Stewart
1970: Jochen Rindt
1971: Jackie Stewart
1972: Emerson Fittipaldi
1973: Jackie Stewart
1974: Emerson Fittipaldi
1975: Niki Lauda
1976: James Hunt
1977: Niki Lauda
1978: Mario Andretti
1979: Jody Scheckter
1980: Alan Jones
1981: Nelson Piquet
1982: Keke Rosberg
1983: Nelson Piquet
1984: Niki Lauda
1985: Alain Prost
1986: Alain Prost
1987: Nelson Piquet
1988: Ayrton Senna
1989: Alain Prost
1990: Ayrton Senna
1991: Ayrton Senna
1992: Nigel Mansell
1993: Alain Prost
1994: Michael Schumacher
1995: Michael Schumacher
1996: Damon Hill
1997: Jacques Villeneuve
1998: Mika Häkkinen
1999: Mika Häkkinen
2000: Michael Schumacher
2001: Michael Schumacher
2002: Michael Schumacher
2003: Michael Schumacher
2004: Michael Schumacher
2005: Fernando Alonso
2006: Fernando Alonso
2007: Kimi Räikkönen
2008: Lewis Hamilton
2009: Jenson Button
2010: Sebastian Vettel
2011: Sebastian Vettel
2012: Sebastian Vettel
2013: Sebastian Vettel
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