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Name James Hunt
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Place of Birth Belmont
Date of Birth Aug 29th 1947
Date of Death Jun 15th 1993 - 45 years old
Season Entries 7
First Race 1973 Monaco Grand Prix
Last Race 1979 Monaco Grand Prix
First Pole 1976 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last Pole 1977 USA Grand Prix
First Win 1975 Dutch Grand Prix
Last Win 1977 Japanese Grand Prix
First Podium 1973 Dutch Grand Prix
Last Podium 1978 French Grand Prix

James Hunt F1 Stats

Drivers' Titles 1
Race Entries 93
Race Starts 92
Race Wins 10 (10,8%)
Pole Positions 14 (15,1%)
Fastest Laps 8 (8,6%)
Podiums 23 (24,7%)
Points Finishes 35 (37,6%)
Retirements 49 (52,7%)
Hat-tricks 2
Wins from pole 7
Front Row Starts 24
Total Points 179
Total Laps 3.924

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Biography

 

James Hunt Biography


James Hunt was Britain's sixth F1 champion in history.

James Hunt

James Simon Wallis Hunt, four words and a life full of joy and rebelliousness. Ultimately, the life of a World Champion. Hunt was born on the 29th of August of 1947 in Belmont, England. There are not many secrets when it comes to his childhood and teenage years compared to what he represented as an adult.

He was a difficult kid whose energy was off the charts. Rebellious he was, and an athlete too. He played tennis and simply had everything going his way regarding his love life. However, at 18 years of age, Hunt would find what would drive his competitiveness on the right way and help him canalize it: car racing.

His father Wallis, a stockbroker, and his mother Sue did not support his immersion in racing, but a young Hunt was not going to be denied. After working hard to pay for his machinery, he was known as “Hunt the Shunt” due to the recurrent crashes, including a near-fatal accident in a Formula Ford race in which he got close to drowning.

As he progressed into Formula Three, he found some success, but still had exaggerated drives in which his mindset was not fully calmed to make great decisions at the wheel. Still, his speed was noticeable. After spending four years in Formula Three, from 1969 to 1972, Lord Alexander Hesketh came calling and Hunt made his way into the Formula 1 grid.

James-Hunt driving the Hesketh around the Nurburgring during the 1975 German GP

James-Hunt driving the Hesketh around the Nurburgring during the 1975 German GP

In a March 731 entered by Hesketh Racing, Hunt made his Formula 1 debut in the 1973 Monaco Grand Prix. He started the race from 18th place and could not finish due to an engine failure. He started seven of the 15 races in the 1973 calendar and was able to finish inside the top ten in the World Drivers’ Championship.

Though many did not respect Hesketh, the team showed speed and Hunt was able to score the first podium of his career in the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix. Then, he added another podium finish with a solid drive at Watkins Glen. He finished four of his seven races in 1973 in the points.

Hesketh built their own car for 1974, the Hesketh 308, and Hunt was able to gain podium spots again. Reliability and his tendencies to collisions only allowed him to finish eighth in the WDC again, although he participated in the complete season. Podiums at Sweden, Austria and the USA again, proved that Hunt’s driving was solid, although it needed polishing.

Hunt started 1975 with a great second place in the 1975 Argentine Grand Prix and then scored a point in Brazil. Then, a streak of five straight retirements —three due to mechanical issues and a couple of crashes— took him out of a possible title fight. After the unfortunate streak, Hunt came firing on all cylinders and defeated the two Ferraris of Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni in the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix to win his first Grand Prix. He gave Hesketh the first and only win of the team in the pinnacle of motorsport.

McLaren M23C driven by James Hunt in Monaco 1976

McLaren M23 driven by James Hunt in Monaco 1976

Eventually, Lauda won the WDC in 1975 and Ferrari was the top manufacturer, but Hunt’s strong second half of 1975 pushed him into fourth in the WDC and established him as a threat to the Austrian champion and the Italian giants.

As Hunt was no longer supported by Hesketh and Emerson Fittipaldi shockingly left McLaren at the end of 1975, the English driver saw himself with the chance to arrive in a big team. McLaren had won the World Drivers’ Championship for the first time in 1974 with the Brazilian driver and could help Hunt’s charge to become a World Champion.

Hunt grabbed the first couple of Pole Positions of his career in his first two races behind the wheel of the M23 but he retired at Brazil and finished second at South Africa. In the next four races, Hunt retired three times and took the second victory of his career at Spain, though he was initially disqualified.

Fifth in Sweden and a dominant win at France seemed to put Hunt’s season on track, but he was disqualified from his home race, the British Grand Prix, for not completing a full lap after the first start. The decision to disqualify Hunt occurred two months after the race.

James Hunt racing the McLaren M23 at the US GP (1976)

James Hunt racing the McLaren M23 at the US GP (1976)

After the race at Brands Hatch, Lauda was the championship leader with 23 points over Hunt with eight races remaining. A win was worth nine points and, although Lauda’s lead was big, Hunt still had a shot. However, Hunt’s opportunity became very realistic when the unfortunate 1976 German Grand Prix arrived. His off-track friend, Lauda, had a near-fatal accident in a race Hunt himself won comfortably.

Hunt finished fourth and took a victory in the next two races, which Lauda missed due to his injuries. As the Austrian champion returned for the 1976 Italian Grand Prix, his lead was cut to just two points.

Lauda finished fourth in Italy and Hunt retired. With three races left, Lauda’s lead was just five points over Hunt. The English driver took consecutive wins from Pole Position at Canada and the USA to inch within three points of the Austrian with one race to go.

At the finale, the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji, Hunt qualified second with Lauda behind him. The Englishman needed to win, to finish second with Lauda fourth, third with Lauda sixth or fourth with Lauda seventh or worst in order to win the title.

Pouring rain flooded the Fuji Speedway on Sunday. Hunt took the lead right out of the box, while Lauda only lasted two laps in the race before he withdrew due to the unsafe conditions —another champion, Emerson Fittipaldi, withdrew too—.

Hunt was comfortably ahead, but he was overtaken late in the race as his worn tyres produced a puncture. He pitted and came out fifth, but managed to overtake Alan Jones and Regazzoni to finish third behind Mario Andretti and Patrick Depailler and win the WDC with a one-point gap over Lauda.

Niki Lauda & James Hunt

Niki Lauda & James Hunt

Lauda recovered in 1977 and retook the title, while Hunt could only finish fifth in the WDC. Of course, Hunt was not as motivated as he once was since he had already accomplished his goal. Still, he was not very competitive after his title-winning season and his third win of 1977, at Japan, was the last of his career.

Also in 1977, he helped an unknown Gilles Villeneuve start his F1 race with a McLaren car after Hunt got beat by the Canadian in a Formula Atlantic a year earlier.

In 1978, he finished third in France, which was his last podium finish. For 1979, he left McLaren and joined Wolf, but he retired after seven starts with the team and only one race finished.

After his retirement, there were moments in which he tried to return to racing, but he really found his place while commentating Formula 1 races alongside legendary narrator Murray Walker. In his second career, Hunt was just as loved by racing fans who enjoyed his unique style and the occasional harsh critique of certain drivers.

He married twice: first to Suzy Miller and then to Sarah Lomax, the mother of his two sons, Tom and Freddie.

At the age of 45, Hunt died of a heart attack on the 15th of June of 1993 in Wimbledon. To this date, more than 25 years after his death, Hunt continues to be remembered by Formula 1 fans as probably the biggest star of the sport due to his unique style, especially outside the track, and his personality.

Hunt rivalry with Lauda returned to the main stage in 2013 thanks to the movie Rush, with Chris Hemsworth playing Hunt’s role.

"We had a respectful, nice relationship. We trusted each other. He would not push you off the road, which in those days was important”, Lauda once said about Hunt.

Seasons

 

James Hunt Final Championship Results

1973197419751976197719781979
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James Hunt F1 Seasons Summary

Year Team Engine GP 1st 2nd 3rd Pod Pole Laps FL Avg Pts Points
1979 Canada Wolf Ford 7 0 0 0 0 0 195 0 0.00 0
1978 United Kingdom McLaren Ford 16 0 0 1 1 0 577 0 0.50 8
1977 United Kingdom McLaren Ford 17 3 1 1 5 6 850 3 2.35 40
1976 United Kingdom McLaren Ford 16 6 1 1 8 8 814 2 4.31 69
1975 United Kingdom Hesketh Ford 14 1 3 0 4 0 585 1 2.36 33
1974 United Kingdom Hesketh
United Kingdom March
Ford
Ford
15 0 0 3 3 0 497 0 1.00 15
1973 United Kingdom March Ford 7 0 1 1 2 0 406 2 2.00 14

Races

 

James Hunt F1 GP Race Classifications

1th10 Times
2th6 Times
3th7 Times
4th7 Times
5th2 Times
6th3 Times
7th4 Times
8th2 Times
9th2 Times
10th2 Times
12th1 Time
DNF44 Times
DSQ2 Times
DNS1 Time

James Hunt F1 GP Race Results

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
93 1979 1979 Monaco Grand Prix 20 Wolf Ford 10 DNF Transmission 0
92 1979 1979 Belgian Grand Prix 20 Wolf Ford 9 DNF Accident 0
91 1979 1979 Spanish Grand Prix 20 Wolf Ford 15 DNF Brakes 0
90 1979 1979 USA West Grand Prix 20 Wolf Ford 8 DNF Transmission 0
89 1979 1979 South African Grand Prix 20 Wolf Ford 13 8 0
88 1979 1979 Brazilian Grand Prix 20 Wolf Ford 10 DNF Steering 0
87 1979 1979 Argentine Grand Prix 20 Wolf Ford 18 DNF Electrical 0
86 1978 1978 Canadian Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 19 DNF Spun Off 0
85 1978 1978 USA Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 6 7 0
84 1978 1978 Italian Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 10 DNF Distributor 0
83 1978 1978 Dutch Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 7 10 0
82 1978 1978 Austrian Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 8 DNF Accident 0
81 1978 1978 German Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 8 DSQ Disqualified 0
80 1978 1978 British Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 14 DNF Accident 0
79 1978 1978 French Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 4 3 4
78 1978 1978 Swedish Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 14 8 0
77 1978 1978 Spanish Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 4 6 1
76 1978 1978 Belgian Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 6 DNF Accident 0
75 1978 1978 Monaco Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 6 DNF Handling 0
74 1978 1978 USA West Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 7 DNF Accident 0
73 1978 1978 South African Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 3 DNF Engine 0
72 1978 1978 Brazilian Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 2 DNF Spun Off 0
71 1978 1978 Argentine Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 6 4 3
70 1977 1977 Japanese Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 2 1 9
69 1977 1977 Canadian Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 2 DNF Accident 0
68 1977 1977 USA Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
67 1977 1977 Italian Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 1 DNF Spun Off 0
66 1977 1977 Dutch Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 3 DNF Accident 0
65 1977 1977 Austrian Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 2 DNF Engine 0
64 1977 1977 German Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 4 DNF Fuel Pump 0
63 1977 1977 British Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
62 1977 1977 French Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 2 3 4
61 1977 1977 Swedish Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 3 12 0
60 1977 1977 Belgian Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 9 7 0
59 1977 1977 Monaco Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 7 DNF Engine 0
58 1977 1977 Spanish Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 7 DNF Engine 0
57 1977 1977 USA West Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 8 7 0
56 1977 1977 South African Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 1 4 3
55 1977 1977 Brazilian Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 1 2 6
54 1977 1977 Argentine Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 1 DNF Suspension 0
53 1976 1976 Japanese Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 2 3 4
52 1976 1976 USA Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
51 1976 1976 Canadian Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
50 1976 1976 Italian Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 24 DNF Spun Off 0
49 1976 1976 Dutch Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 2 1 9
48 1976 1976 Austrian Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 4 3
47 1976 1976 German Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
46 1976 1976 British Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 2 DSQ Disqualified 0
45 1976 1976 French Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
44 1976 1976 Swedish Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 8 5 2
43 1976 1976 Monaco Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 0 DNF Engine 0
42 1976 1976 Belgian Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 3 DNF Gearbox 0
41 1976 1976 Spanish Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
40 1976 1976 USA West Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 3 DNF Accident 0
39 1976 1976 South African Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 2 6
38 1976 1976 Brazilian Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 DNF Accident 0
37 1975 1975 USA Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 15 4 3
36 1975 1975 Italian Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 8 5 2
35 1975 1975 Austrian Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 2 2 3
34 1975 1975 German Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 9 DNF Wheel 0
33 1975 1975 British Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 9 4 Accident 3
32 1975 1975 French Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 3 2 6
31 1975 1975 Dutch Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 3 1 9
30 1975 1975 Swedish Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 13 DNF Brakes 0
29 1975 1975 Belgian Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 11 DNF Transmission 0
28 1975 1975 Monaco Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 11 DNF Accident 0
27 1975 1975 Spanish Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 3 DNF Accident 0
26 1975 1975 South African Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 12 DNF Fuel system 0
25 1975 1975 Brazilian Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 7 6 1
24 1975 1975 Argentine Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 6 2 6
23 1974 1974 USA Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 2 3 4
22 1974 1974 Canadian Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 8 4 3
21 1974 1974 Italian Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 8 DNF Engine 0
20 1974 1974 Austrian Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 7 3 4
19 1974 1974 German Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 10 DNF Gearbox 0
18 1974 1974 British Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 6 DNF Suspension 0
17 1974 1974 French Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 10 DNF Collision 0
16 1974 1974 Dutch Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 6 DNF Collision 0
15 1974 1974 Swedish Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 6 3 4
14 1974 1974 Monaco Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 7 DNF Halfshaft 0
13 1974 1974 Belgian Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 9 DNF Accident 0
12 1974 1974 Spanish Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 10 10 0
11 1974 1974 South African Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 14 DNF Transmission 0
10 1974 1974 Brazilian Grand Prix 24 March Ford 18 9 0
9 1974 1974 Argentine Grand Prix 24 March Ford 5 DNF Overheating 0
8 1973 1973 USA Grand Prix 27 March Ford 4 2 6
7 1973 1973 Canadian Grand Prix 27 March Ford 15 7 0
6 1973 1973 Italian Grand Prix 27 March Ford 0 DNS Practice accident 0
5 1973 1973 Austrian Grand Prix 27 March Ford 9 DNF Injection 0
4 1973 1973 Dutch Grand Prix 27 March Ford 7 3 4
3 1973 1973 British Grand Prix 27 March Ford 11 4 3
2 1973 1973 French Grand Prix 27 March Ford 14 6 1
1 1973 1973 Monaco Grand Prix 27 March Ford 18 9 Engine 0

Podiums

 

James Hunt F1 Podium Finishes

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
23 1978 1978 French Grand Prix 7 McLaren Ford 4 3 4
22 1977 1977 Japanese Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 2 1 9
21 1977 1977 USA Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
20 1977 1977 British Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
19 1977 1977 French Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 2 3 4
18 1977 1977 Brazilian Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 1 2 6
17 1976 1976 Japanese Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 2 3 4
16 1976 1976 USA Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
15 1976 1976 Canadian Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
14 1976 1976 Dutch Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 2 1 9
13 1976 1976 German Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
12 1976 1976 French Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
11 1976 1976 Spanish Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
10 1976 1976 South African Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 2 6
9 1975 1975 Austrian Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 2 2 3
8 1975 1975 French Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 3 2 6
7 1975 1975 Dutch Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 3 1 9
6 1975 1975 Argentine Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 6 2 6
5 1974 1974 USA Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 2 3 4
4 1974 1974 Austrian Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 7 3 4
3 1974 1974 Swedish Grand Prix 24 Hesketh Ford 6 3 4
2 1973 1973 USA Grand Prix 27 March Ford 4 2 6
1 1973 1973 Dutch Grand Prix 27 March Ford 7 3 4

Poles

 

James Hunt F1 Pole Positions

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
14 1977 1977 USA Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
13 1977 1977 Italian Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 1 DNF Spun Off 0
12 1977 1977 British Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
11 1977 1977 South African Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 1 4 3
10 1977 1977 Brazilian Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 1 2 6
9 1977 1977 Argentine Grand Prix 1 McLaren Ford 1 DNF Suspension 0
8 1976 1976 USA Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
7 1976 1976 Canadian Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
6 1976 1976 Austrian Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 4 3
5 1976 1976 German Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
4 1976 1976 French Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
3 1976 1976 Spanish Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 1 9
2 1976 1976 South African Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 2 6
1 1976 1976 Brazilian Grand Prix 11 McLaren Ford 1 DNF Accident 0

Comparison

 

James Hunt Teammate Comparison

SeasonTeamTeam MateBest PosPointsWinsPolesPositionQualifying
1973MarchDavid Purley397000003131
Jean-Pierre Jarier2117000004132
Mike Beuttler21013000006161
Reine Wisell6211000001010
Roger Williamson3207000002020
1974HeskethIan Scheckter3264000001010
MarchHans Joachim Stuck9170000001111
Howden Ganley980000001120
1975HeskethAlan Jones11110000003140
Brett Lunger2108000003030
Harald Ertl285000002130
Torsten Palm11100000001120
1976McLarenJochen Mass1369196080124151
1977McLarenBrett Lunger1922020305490
Bruno Giacomelli15130000100110
Emilio de Villota1139010205270
Gilles Villeneuve1119010101010
Jochen Mass1240253060116161
1978McLarenBrett Lunger37800000104140
Bruno Giacomelli374000002350
Emilio de Villota6271000001010
Nelson Piquet1090000002130
Patrick Tambay34880000411141
Tony Trimmer25300000001010

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