Denny Hulme info & statistics

Denny Hulme wiki info & stats
Name Denny Hulme
Country New Zealand New Zealand
Place of Birth Motueka
Date of Birth Jun 18th 1936
Date of Death Oct 4th 1992 - 56 years old
Season Entries 10
First Race 1965 Monaco Grand Prix
Last Race 1974 USA Grand Prix
First Pole 1973 South African Grand Prix
Last Pole 1973 South African Grand Prix
First Win 1967 Monaco Grand Prix
Last Win 1974 Argentine Grand Prix
First Podium 1966 French Grand Prix
Last Podium 1974 Austrian Grand Prix

Denny Hulme F1 Stats

Drivers' Titles 1
Race Starts 112
Race Wins 8 (7,1%)
Pole Positions 1 (0,9%)
Fastest Laps 8 (7,1%)
Podiums 33 (29,5%)
Points Finishes 61 (54,5%)
Retirements 34 (30,4%)
Front Row Starts 15
Total Points 248
Total Laps 6.237

Biography

 

Denny Hulme Biography


Danny Hulme

Danny Hulme

Denny Hulme was the first and only F1 champion from New Zealand to date.

Born in Motueka, New Zealand, on the 18th of June of 1936, Denis Clive Hulme was not your typical Formula 1 driver with a flashy style, but he certainly showed his supreme ability behind the wheel and earned a well-deserved title in 1967.

Like the Great Jim Clark, Hulme grew up on a farm too and learned to drive with a truck at an early age. His involvement with cars started after he did various activities on his father’s farm. At age 17, he quit school and worked as a mechanic and drove around New Zealand transporting cargo. Of course, he loved racing and was eager to enter the racing world and emulate some of the best drivers of those times.

He saw Stirling Moss and other F1 drivers competing in New Zealand’s Tasman Series, which enhanced his nack for car racing.

Racing Career

The racing life began for Hulme behind the wheel of an MGTF and an MGA which was bought by his father Clive —who was a World War II hero—. His first big racing moment came when he earned the New Zealand's Driver To Europe scholarship to compete in Europe during the 1960 season together with George Lawton.

In his first season in Europe, Hulme finished third whilst driving an Envoy and a Cooper in the Campionato A.N.P.E.C./Auto Italiana d’Europa, a championship won by Colin Davis, who had previously started a couple of Formula 1 races in 1959. Hulme contested two non-championship Formula 1 events in his first year around Europe, were him and Lawton were being helped by fellow New Zealander Bruce McLaren, who was already a race winner in the pinnacle of motorsport.

Lawton tragically died in their first year in Europe, but Hulme kept going to try and find the chance to compete in Formula 1. Working as a mechanic for Jack Brabham, who already was a two-time Formula 1 champion, Hulme got to drive Brabham’s cars too.

Formula 1 Career

Danny Hulme 1973

Danny Hulme (1973)

After racing Brabham cars in junior Formulae and in a couple of non-championship F1 events between 1963 and 1964, Hulme made his official F1 debut on the 30th of May of 1965 during the Monaco Grand Prix, which was the second race of the season.

He competed in six races in 1965 onboard Brabham-Climax cars, scoring points only twice. In the first two races of 1966, his car was equipped with Climax L4 engines and retired both times. Then, the Repco engines proved to be successful for the Brabham team as Hulme got his first podium in the 1966 French Grand Prix.

Hulme scored three other podiums as Jack Brabham achieved his third World Drivers’ Championship. The New Zealander finished fourth in the standings of 1966.

1967 F1 Championship Title

In a 1967 season dominated by Jim Clark statistically, Hulme and his teammate Brabham found a way to consistently score points and fight for the title. Hulme took the first win of his career in the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix, where he lapped all his rivals —in that race, Ferrari’s Lorenzo Bandini lost his life—.

He added another victory to his solid 1967 season with a great drive at the Nürburgring to take the 1967 German Grand Prix.

Despite Clark’s incredible velocity and possibly being the best driver of 1967, Hulme and Brabham entered the final race at Mexico as the only drivers with the chance to take the title home.

Hulme was the championship leader heading into the final race of the season and needed a top-four finish to clinch his title, while Brabham needed the victory and his teammate finishing fifth or worst.

For Sunday’s race, Clark took Pole Position while Brabham and Hulme lined up fifth and sixth respectively. In the race, Clark dominated clearly, while Brabham climbed up to second, although a minute and 25 seconds behind, which was not enough to take the WDC from Hulme, who finished third and found Formula 1 glory in his third season.

Hulme was the first of just two champions to win the title without achieving one Pole Position during the season (Niki Lauda repeated it in 1984).

Denny Hulme, McLaren M19, Silverstone UK (1971)

Denny Hulme, McLaren M19, Silverstone UK (1971)

He left Brabham to reunite with his friend Bruce McLaren, who had already created his own team. Hulme became the first McLaren driver different to Bruce himself. After a couple of rough seasons to start the team’s history, 1968 was solid. McLaren gave his own team its first win at the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix, then, Hulme added two more in the final stage of the season, at Italy and Canada.

For the final race of 1968 at Mexico, Hulme had a chance to win the title again as he fought Lotus’ Graham Hill and Matra’s Jackie Stewart. He qualified fourth for the race, but the title went to Hill after suspension trouble hit Hulme’s McLaren M7A and Stewart had mechanical issues too.

Although his first year alongside his friend was promising, F1 success was hard to find in the following seasons. However, in the Can-Am Series, they were truly successful, with Hulme and McLaren winning two titles each between 1967 and 1970.

Bruce McLaren died in a crash at Goodwood in the 2nd of June of 1970 at the age of 32. Denny suffered for his friend’s tragedy and started to pay attention to the dangers of racing. He ultimately retired from Formula 1 in 1974, after competing in his seventh season with the team of his beloved friend, which he gave six of its first nine wins in the pinnacle of motorsport.

McLaren M19C driven by Denny Hulme in Monaco 1972 (1972-1973)

McLaren M19C driven by Denny Hulme in Monaco 1972 (1972-1973)

Hulme’s best season for McLaren in terms of points and podiums was 1972, when he finished with 39 points, a win and six other podiums. However, he finished just third in the WDC and far behind the champion —and his future teammate in 1974— Emerson Fittipaldi.

The 1967 World Champion continued racing in various types of auto car racing long after his retirement from the top circus.

Other race series and death

Also, before and during his F1 career, he found time to compete in four editions of the Indy 500 —without success—, three 24 Hours of Le Mans with one class victory in 1961 with a Fiat-Abarth 850 S. He competed in two editions of the 24 Hours of Daytona too, but could not finish the race in those two occasions. After his retirement, he competed 10 times in Australia’s Bathurst 1.000 km race.

During the 1992 Australia’s Bathurst 1.000 km event, when he was the defending champion of his class after winning the 1991 race, ‘The Bear’ Hulme died at the wheel of his BMW due to a heart attack.

‘Probably I was lazy. I should have probably tried a lot harder. The fact that I only got one Pole Position probably proves that I can’t qualify very well, but I do enjoy racing. I enjoy racing better than the practice’.

Seasons

 

Denny Hulme Final Championship Results

1965196619671968196919701971197219731974
11th4th1th3th6th4th13th3th6th7th

 

Denny Hulme F1 Seasons Summary

Year Team Engine GP 1st 2nd 3rd Pod Pole Laps FL Avg Pts Points
1974 United Kingdom McLaren Ford 15 1 1 0 2 0 791 1 1.33 20
1973 United Kingdom McLaren Ford 15 1 0 2 3 1 915 2 1.73 26
1972 United Kingdom McLaren Ford 12 1 2 4 7 0 750 1 3.25 39
1971 United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Cosworth
Ford
10 0 0 0 0 0 461 1 0.90 9
1970 United Kingdom McLaren Ford 11 0 1 3 4 0 665 0 2.45 27
1969 United Kingdom McLaren Ford 11 1 0 1 2 0 600 0 1.82 20
1968 United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
BRM
Ford
12 2 1 0 3 0 680 0 2.75 33
1967 United Kingdom Brabham Repco 11 2 3 3 8 0 748 2 4.64 51
1966 United Kingdom Brabham
United Kingdom Brabham
Climax
Repco
9 0 1 3 4 0 336 1 2.00 18
1965 United Kingdom Brabham Climax 6 0 0 0 0 0 291 0 0.83 5

Races

 

Denny Hulme F1 GP Race Classifications

1th8 Times
2th9 Times
3th16 Times
4th11 Times
5th8 Times
6th9 Times
7th6 Times
8th4 Times
9th1 Time
12th3 Times
13th1 Time
15th2 Times
DNF34 Times

 

Denny Hulme F1 GP Race Results

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
112 1974 1974 USA Grand Prix 6 McLaren Ford 17 DNF Engine 0
111 1974 1974 Canadian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Ford 14 6 1
110 1974 1974 Italian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Ford 19 6 1
109 1974 1974 Austrian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Ford 10 2 6
108 1974 1974 German Grand Prix 6 McLaren Ford 7 DNF Accident 0
107 1974 1974 British Grand Prix 6 McLaren Ford 19 7 0
106 1974 1974 French Grand Prix 6 McLaren Ford 11 6 1
105 1974 1974 Dutch Grand Prix 6 McLaren Ford 9 DNF Ignition 0
104 1974 1974 Swedish Grand Prix 6 McLaren Ford 12 DNF Suspension 0
103 1974 1974 Monaco Grand Prix 6 McLaren Ford 12 DNF Collision 0
102 1974 1974 Belgian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Ford 12 6 1
101 1974 1974 Spanish Grand Prix 6 McLaren Ford 8 6 1
100 1974 1974 South African Grand Prix 6 McLaren Ford 9 9 0
99 1974 1974 Brazilian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Ford 11 12 0
98 1974 1974 Argentine Grand Prix 6 McLaren Ford 10 1 9
97 1973 1973 USA Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 8 4 3
96 1973 1973 Canadian Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 7 13 0
95 1973 1973 Italian Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 3 15 0
94 1973 1973 Austrian Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 3 8 0
93 1973 1973 German Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 8 12 0
92 1973 1973 Dutch Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 4 DNF Engine 0
91 1973 1973 British Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 2 3 4
90 1973 1973 French Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 6 8 0
89 1973 1973 Swedish Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 6 1 9
88 1973 1973 Monaco Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 3 6 1
87 1973 1973 Belgian Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 2 7 0
86 1973 1973 Spanish Grand Prix 5 McLaren Ford 2 6 1
85 1973 1973 South African Grand Prix 5 McLaren Ford 1 5 2
84 1973 1973 Brazilian Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 5 3 4
83 1973 1973 Argentine Grand Prix 14 McLaren Ford 8 5 2
82 1972 1972 USA Grand Prix 19 McLaren Ford 3 3 4
81 1972 1972 Canadian Grand Prix 18 McLaren Ford 2 3 4
80 1972 1972 Italian Grand Prix 14 McLaren Ford 5 3 4
79 1972 1972 Austrian Grand Prix 12 McLaren Ford 7 2 6
78 1972 1972 German Grand Prix 3 McLaren Ford 10 DNF Engine 0
77 1972 1972 British Grand Prix 18 McLaren Ford 11 5 2
76 1972 1972 French Grand Prix 2 McLaren Ford 2 7 0
75 1972 1972 Belgian Grand Prix 9 McLaren Ford 3 3 4
74 1972 1972 Monaco Grand Prix 14 McLaren Ford 7 15 0
73 1972 1972 Spanish Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 2 DNF Gearbox 0
72 1972 1972 South African Grand Prix 12 McLaren Ford 5 1 9
71 1972 1972 Argentine Grand Prix 17 McLaren Ford 4 2 6
70 1971 1971 USA Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 3 DNF Accident 0
69 1971 1971 Canadian Grand Prix 9 McLaren Ford 10 4 3
68 1971 1971 Austrian Grand Prix 9 McLaren Ford 9 DNF Engine 0
67 1971 1971 German Grand Prix 18 McLaren Ford 6 DNF Fuel Leak 0
66 1971 1971 British Grand Prix 9 McLaren Ford 8 DNF Engine 0
65 1971 1971 French Grand Prix 9 McLaren Ford 11 DNF Ignition 0
64 1971 1971 Dutch Grand Prix 26 McLaren Ford 14 12 0
63 1971 1971 Monaco Grand Prix 9 McLaren Ford 6 4 3
62 1971 1971 Spanish Grand Prix 9 McLaren Ford 9 5 2
61 1971 1971 South African Grand Prix 11 McLaren Cosworth 7 6 1
60 1970 1970 Mexican Grand Prix 8 McLaren Ford 14 3 4
59 1970 1970 USA Grand Prix 8 McLaren Ford 11 7 0
58 1970 1970 Canadian Grand Prix 5 McLaren Ford 15 DNF Engine 0
57 1970 1970 Italian Grand Prix 30 McLaren Ford 9 4 3
56 1970 1970 Austrian Grand Prix 21 McLaren Ford 11 DNF Engine 0
55 1970 1970 German Grand Prix 4 McLaren Ford 16 3 4
54 1970 1970 British Grand Prix 9 McLaren Ford 5 3 4
53 1970 1970 French Grand Prix 19 McLaren Ford 7 4 3
52 1970 1970 Monaco Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 3 4 3
51 1970 1970 Spanish Grand Prix 5 McLaren Ford 2 DNF Ignition 0
50 1970 1970 South African Grand Prix 6 McLaren Ford 6 2 6
49 1969 1969 Mexican Grand Prix 5 McLaren Ford 4 1 9
48 1969 1969 USA Grand Prix 5 McLaren Ford 2 DNF Gearbox 0
47 1969 1969 Canadian Grand Prix 5 McLaren Ford 5 DNF Distributor 0
46 1969 1969 Italian Grand Prix 16 McLaren Ford 2 7 0
45 1969 1969 German Grand Prix 9 McLaren Ford 5 DNF Transmission 0
44 1969 1969 British Grand Prix 5 McLaren Ford 3 DNF Ignition 0
43 1969 1969 French Grand Prix 4 McLaren Ford 2 8 0
42 1969 1969 Dutch Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 7 4 3
41 1969 1969 Monaco Grand Prix 3 McLaren Ford 12 6 1
40 1969 1969 Spanish Grand Prix 5 McLaren Ford 8 4 3
39 1969 1969 South African Grand Prix 5 McLaren Ford 3 3 4
38 1968 1968 Mexican Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 4 DNF Suspension 0
37 1968 1968 USA Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 5 DNF Accident 0
36 1968 1968 Canadian Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 6 1 9
35 1968 1968 Italian Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 7 1 9
34 1968 1968 German Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 11 7 0
33 1968 1968 British Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 11 4 3
32 1968 1968 French Grand Prix 8 McLaren Ford 4 5 2
31 1968 1968 Dutch Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 7 DNF Ignition 0
30 1968 1968 Belgian Grand Prix 6 McLaren Ford 5 DNF Halfshaft 0
29 1968 1968 Monaco Grand Prix 12 McLaren Ford 10 5 2
28 1968 1968 Spanish Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 3 2 6
27 1968 1968 South African Grand Prix 1 McLaren BRM 9 5 2
26 1967 1967 Mexican Grand Prix 2 Brabham Repco 6 3 4
25 1967 1967 USA Grand Prix 2 Brabham Repco 6 3 4
24 1967 1967 Italian Grand Prix 18 Brabham Repco 6 DNF Overheating 0
23 1967 1967 Canadian Grand Prix 2 Brabham Repco 3 2 6
22 1967 1967 German Grand Prix 2 Brabham Repco 2 1 9
21 1967 1967 British Grand Prix 2 Brabham Repco 4 2 6
20 1967 1967 French Grand Prix 4 Brabham Repco 6 2 6
19 1967 1967 Belgian Grand Prix 26 Brabham Repco 14 DNF Engine 0
18 1967 1967 Dutch Grand Prix 2 Brabham Repco 7 3 4
17 1967 1967 Monaco Grand Prix 9 Brabham Repco 4 1 9
16 1967 1967 South African Grand Prix 2 Brabham Repco 2 4 3
15 1966 1966 Mexican Grand Prix 6 Brabham Repco 6 3 4
14 1966 1966 USA Grand Prix 6 Brabham Repco 7 DNF Engine 0
13 1966 1966 Italian Grand Prix 12 Brabham Repco 10 3 4
12 1966 1966 German Grand Prix 4 Brabham Repco 15 DNF Ignition 0
11 1966 1966 Dutch Grand Prix 18 Brabham Repco 2 DNF Ignition 0
10 1966 1966 British Grand Prix 6 Brabham Repco 2 2 6
9 1966 1966 French Grand Prix 14 Brabham Repco 9 3 4
8 1966 1966 Belgian Grand Prix 4 Brabham Climax 13 DNF Accident 0
7 1966 1966 Monaco Grand Prix 8 Brabham Climax 6 DNF Transmission 0
6 1965 1965 Italian Grand Prix 14 Brabham Climax 12 DNF Suspension 0
5 1965 1965 German Grand Prix 6 Brabham Climax 13 DNF Fuel Leak 0
4 1965 1965 Dutch Grand Prix 14 Brabham Climax 7 5 2
3 1965 1965 British Grand Prix 14 Brabham Climax 10 DNF Alternator 0
2 1965 1965 French Grand Prix 16 Brabham Climax 6 4 3
1 1965 1965 Monaco Grand Prix 2 Brabham Climax 8 8 0

Podiums

 

Denny Hulme F1 Podium Finishes

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
19 1967 1967 Canadian Grand Prix 10 Eagle Weslake 5 3 4
18 1967 1967 Belgian Grand Prix 36 Eagle Weslake 2 1 9
17 1965 1965 Mexican Grand Prix 8 Brabham Climax 2 2 6
16 1965 1965 USA Grand Prix 8 Brabham Climax 8 2 6
15 1965 1965 Italian Grand Prix 12 Brabham Climax 9 3 4
14 1965 1965 German Grand Prix 5 Brabham Climax 5 3 4
13 1965 1965 Dutch Grand Prix 16 Brabham Climax 5 3 4
12 1964 1964 Mexican Grand Prix 6 Brabham Climax 2 1 9
11 1964 1964 French Grand Prix 22 Brabham Climax 2 1 9
10 1963 1963 South African Grand Prix 9 Brabham Climax 3 2 6
9 1963 1963 Dutch Grand Prix 18 Brabham Climax 14 2 6
8 1963 1963 Belgian Grand Prix 18 Brabham Climax 2 3 4
7 1962 1962 German Grand Prix 7 Porsche Porsche 1 3 4
6 1962 1962 French Grand Prix 30 Porsche Porsche 6 1 9
5 1961 1961 USA Grand Prix 12 Porsche Porsche 7 2 6
4 1961 1961 Italian Grand Prix 46 Porsche Porsche 12 2 6
3 1961 1961 French Grand Prix 12 Porsche Porsche 5 2 6
2 1959 1959 Portuguese Grand Prix 16 Ferrari Ferrari 6 3 4
1 1959 1959 German Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 3 2 6

Poles

 

Denny Hulme F1 Pole Positions

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
3 1964 1964 Belgian Grand Prix 15 Brabham Climax 1 6 Out of Fuel 1
2 1964 1964 Dutch Grand Prix 16 Brabham Climax 1 DNF Steering 0
1 1962 1962 German Grand Prix 7 Porsche Porsche 1 3 4

Comparison

 

Denny Hulme Teammate Comparison

SeasonTeamTeam MateBest PosPointsWinsPolesPositionQualifying
1965BrabhamBob Anderson495000003140
Dan Gurney4351300001405
Frank Gardner582000004150
Giancarlo Baghetti15220000001010
Ian Raby15110000001120
Jack Brabham850200002112
Jo Bonnier475000002451
Jo Siffert465200003342
1966BrabhamBob Anderson2614100005151
Chris Amon3224000001010
Chris Irwin276000001010
Jack Brabham21184504031818
Jo Bonnier21210000002020
Jo Siffert14100000000110
John Taylor2610100003140
1967BrabhamAlan Rees179010001010
Bob Anderson1528210005160
Dave Charlton473000001010
Gerhard Mitter1259010001010
Guy Ligier1823110005050
Jack Brabham11514822025629
Luki Botha483000001010
1968McLarenBruce McLaren11312221007483
Dan Gurney149310001221
Jo Bonnier1621120005160
1969McLarenBasil van Rooyen3184000001010
Bruce McLaren122026100048102
Derek Bell13160000001010
Vic Elford453300002240
1970McLarenAndrea de Adamich3817000007281
Bruce McLaren229600002130
Dan Gurney367100002020
Jo Bonnier4193000002020
John Surtees269000002130
Nanni Galli4263000001010
Peter Gethin3611100004242
1971McLarenDavid Hobbs22100000000110
Jackie Oliver1990000001120
Jo Bonnier6161000003140
Mark Donohue433400000101
Peter Gethin486000004361
1972McLarenBrian Redman750400001230
Jody Scheckter394000001010
Peter Revson12392310016345
1973McLarenJacky Ickx1230400000101
Jody Scheckter399000105032
Peter Revson112638121068104
1974McLarenDave Charlton9190000001010
David Hobbs277000002020
Emerson Fittipaldi1120551302312114
Jochen Mass671000001111
Mike Hailwood13121210006547

Race Tickets

Available 2021 tickets:
flag-2020/10/pt.png Netherlands
Monaco
Austria -20%
Hungary -15%
Belgium -10%

✅ Check out & order yours at F1 Tickets Store »

F1-Fansite.com is powered by ProTrix