Mike Hawthorn info & statistics

Mike Hawthorn wiki info & stat
Name Mike Hawthorn
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Place of Birth Mexborough
Date of Birth Apr 10th 1929
Date of Death Jan 22nd 1959 - 29 years old
Season Entries 7
First Race 1952 Belgian Grand Prix
Last Race 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix
First Pole 1958 Belgian Grand Prix
Last Pole 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix
First Win 1953 French Grand Prix
Last Win 1958 French Grand Prix
First Podium 1952 British Grand Prix
Last Podium 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix

Mike Hawthorn F1 Stats

Drivers' Titles 1
Race Starts 46
Race Wins 3 (6,5%)
Pole Positions 4 (8,7%)
Fastest Laps 6 (13,0%)
Podiums 18 (39,1%)
Points Finishes 28 (60,9%)
Retirements 15 (32,6%)
Hat-tricks 1
Wins from pole 1
Front Row Starts 7
Total Points 128
Total Laps 2.589


Biography

 

Mike Hawthorn Biography


Mike Hawthorn was Britain's first-ever Formula 1 champion.

John Michael Hawthorn was born on the 10th of April of 1929 in Mexborough, England. His childhood was surrounded by motorcycles and racing cars, as his father was the owner of a garage at Farnham were racing bikes and cars were fixed for competition.

His love for racing began at nine years of age, although he loved other aspects of life such as spending time with his friends drinking beer and around girls. His father, always involved in racing, gave Mike motorcycles and cars to compete at a young age, thus starting the competitive fire in him.

Known as the Farnham Flyer, Hawthorn started his great racing career in 1950 with a simple yet amazing Riley sportscar which he drove to victory many times. At Goodwood in 1952, Mike entered a Formula Two competition which he won from Pole Position in a Cooper-Bristol car. The opponents? no less than the great Juan Manuel Fangio and Ferrari’s first-ever Grand Prix-winner Jose Froilan Gonzalez.

At that point, there wasn’t a doubt about his racing skills and speed, which pushed him into Formula 1 to compete in five races of the 1952 World Championship season. With a Cooper T20 owned by his father Leslie D. Hawthorn, Mike finished on the podium in his third Grand Prix race, the 1952 British Grand Prix behind the Ferraris of Alberto Ascari and Piero Taruffi.

In just four Grands Prix in 1952, Hawthorn scored 10 World Championship points. He finished tied with Swiss driver Rudi Fischer in fourth place in the World Drivers’ Championship.

For the following season, in 1953, Hawthorn was a Ferrari driver alongside Alberto Ascari, Nino Farina, and Luigi Villoresi. His first victory in the World Championship came in the emotional 1953 French Grand Prix. Hawthorn started from seventh place and beat Fangio after a race-long battle which the British driver won by a second. The race was tipped as The Race of the Century for the competitiveness.

He finished 1953 with three podiums and a victory in eight races. His point-tally of 19 positioned Hawthorn in fourth in the standings, behind Ascari, Fangio and Farina, the only Formula 1 champions in history at that time.

For the 1954 campaign, he remained with Ferrari and won another race, the 1954 Spanish Grand Prix. That year was not easy for him, on and off the track. His father died in a car accident and Mike himself was injured in a previous crash in a non-championship race. Between 1955 and 1956, Hawthorn started eight races —three with Ferrari, three with the less competitive Vanwall, one with BRM and one with a Maserati 250F— and only achieved one podium.

Much public scrutiny came his way in 1955 after he won the Le Mans 24 Hours for Jaguar. The controversy began after a late dive into the pits from Hawthorn unleashed an accident which killed over 80 spectators and Mercedes’ driver Pierre Levegh. Mercedes withdrew from the race, but Jaguar did not and Hawthorn won the race. The French press was hard on him, as a picture of Hawthorn celebrating in the podium was a controversial look for the British driver. Ultimately, the blame of the disaster fell on the insecurity conditions of the track.

In the 1957 F1 season, Hawthorn returned to Ferrari to drive alongside Peter Collins and Luigi Musso and finished fourth in the championship with 13 points and two podiums.

Collins, another British driver, became Hawthorn’s friend right away, while the pair had disagreements with Musso regarding money. In their hard-fought battle to achieve more money than the others, Musso, Collins and Hawthorn pushed the limits of the sport and it proved to be catastrophic.

Mike Hawthorn lost his life in car accident

Mike Hawthorn crashed Jaguar road car

In the 1958 French Grand Prix, Hawthorn won for Ferrari the third and final Grand Prix of his F1 career. The win helped him in his title fight against Stirling Moss. During that race in France, Hawthorn fierce rival Musso lost his life. Two races later, his great friend Collins, died at the Nürburgring.

After achieving only one win compared to Moss’ four throughout 1958, Hawthorn became Britain’s first-ever World Champion thanks to finishing second on five occasions. The key moment of the year occurred in Portugal, the ninth race on the calendar. Having finished second after a great fight with race-winner Moss, Hawthorn was facing disqualification.

Allegedly, he drove in the opposite direction to restart the Ferrari he had spun moments earlier. Moss, who saw the incident, told the officials that Hawthorn did not make anything dangerous. The Ferrari driver's second place was confirmed due to the evidence provided by the gentleman Moss. The seven points Hawthorn collected in that race on the 24th of August of 1958, ultimately gave him the edge in the championship over the great sportsman Moss.

In the last race of the season, the 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix, Moss needed to win and add the extra point for the fastest lap with Hawthorn in third place or lower. Moss won and scored the fastest lap, but Hawthorn finished second ahead of his teammate Phil Hill, who gave him second place to help his title chances.

After his championship triumph by one point over Moss, Hawthorn retired, disillusioned by Collins’ death.

After his retirement, Hawthorn still enjoyed driving cars at high speeds, which proved disastrous for him. He died at 29 years of age after suffering a big crash while driving a Jaguar. His death occurred on the 22nd of January of 1959, just a trimester after securing his World Championship glory.

Seasons

 

Mike Hawthorn Final Championship Results

1952195319541955195619571958
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Mike Hawthorn F1 Seasons Summary

Year Team Engine GP 1st 2nd 3rd Pod Pole Laps FL Avg Pts Points
1958 Italy Ferrari Ferrari 10 1 5 1 7 4 534 5 4.90 49
1957 Italy Ferrari Ferrari 7 0 1 1 2 0 405 0 1.86 13
1956 United Kingdom BRM
Italy Maserati
United Kingdom Vanwall
BRM
Maserati
Vanwall
4 0 0 1 1 0 176 0 1.00 4
1955 Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Vanwall
Ferrari
Vanwall
5 0 0 0 0 0 250 0 0.00 0
1954 Italy Ferrari Ferrari 9 1 3 0 4 0 400 1 2.74 24.64
1953 Italy Ferrari Ferrari 8 1 0 2 3 0 529 0 3.38 27
1952 United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Bristol 5 0 0 1 1 0 295 0 2.00 10

Races

 

Mike Hawthorn F1 GP Race Classifications

1th3 Times
2th9 Times
3th6 Times
4th7 Times
5th2 Times
6th3 Times
7th2 Times
10th1 Time
DNF13 Times
DSQ1 Time
WD1 Time

 

Mike Hawthorn F1 GP Race Results

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
48 1958 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 1 2 6
47 1958 1958 Italian Grand Prix 14 Ferrari Ferrari 3 2 6
46 1958 1958 Portuguese Grand Prix 24 Ferrari Ferrari 2 2 7
45 1958 1958 German Grand Prix 3 Ferrari Ferrari 1 DNF Clutch 0
44 1958 1958 British Grand Prix 2 Ferrari Ferrari 4 2 7
43 1958 1958 French Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 1 1 9
42 1958 1958 Belgian Grand Prix 16 Ferrari Ferrari 1 2 7
41 1958 1958 Dutch Grand Prix 5 Ferrari Ferrari 6 5 2
40 1958 1958 Monaco Grand Prix 38 Ferrari Ferrari 6 DNF Fuel pump 1
39 1958 1958 Argentine Grand Prix 20 Ferrari Ferrari 2 3 4
38 1957 1957 Italian Grand Prix 34 Ferrari Ferrari 10 6 0
37 1957 1957 German Grand Prix 8 Ferrari Ferrari 2 2 6
36 1957 1957 British Grand Prix 10 Ferrari Ferrari 5 3 4
35 1957 1957 French Grand Prix 14 Ferrari Ferrari 7 4 3
34 1957 1957 Monaco Grand Prix 28 Ferrari Ferrari 5 DNF Accident 0
33 1957 1957 Monaco Grand Prix 24 Ferrari Ferrari 9 7 Engine 0
32 1957 1957 Argentine Grand Prix 16 Ferrari Ferrari 7 DNF Clutch 0
31 1956 1956 British Grand Prix 23 BRM BRM 3 DNF Transmission 0
30 1956 1956 French Grand Prix 24 Vanwall Vanwall 6 10 0
29 1956 1956 Monaco Grand Prix 10 BRM BRM 0 WD Engine Valve 0
28 1956 1956 Argentine Grand Prix 14 Maserati Maserati 8 3 4
27 1955 1955 Italian Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 14 DNF Gearbox 0
26 1955 1955 British Grand Prix 16 Ferrari Ferrari 12 6 0
25 1955 1955 Dutch Grand Prix 2 Ferrari Ferrari 5 7 0
24 1955 1955 Belgian Grand Prix 40 Vanwall Vanwall 9 DNF Gearbox 0
23 1955 1955 Monaco Grand Prix 18 Vanwall Vanwall 12 DNF Throttle 0
22 1954 1954 Spanish Grand Prix 38 Ferrari Ferrari 3 1 8
21 1954 1954 Italian Grand Prix 40 Ferrari Ferrari 7 2 6
20 1954 1954 Swiss Grand Prix 22 Ferrari Ferrari 6 DNF Oil leak 0
19 1954 1954 German Grand Prix 3 Ferrari Ferrari 3 DNF Transmission 0
18 1954 1954 German Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 5 2 3
17 1954 1954 British Grand Prix 11 Ferrari Ferrari 3 2 6.14
16 1954 1954 French Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 8 DNF Engine 0
15 1954 1954 Belgian Grand Prix 10 Ferrari Ferrari 5 4 1.5
14 1954 1954 Argentine Grand Prix 14 Ferrari Ferrari 4 DSQ Disqualified, Push Start 0
13 1953 1953 Italian Grand Prix 8 Ferrari Ferrari 6 4 3
12 1953 1953 Swiss Grand Prix 26 Ferrari Ferrari 7 3 4
11 1953 1953 German Grand Prix 3 Ferrari Ferrari 4 3 4
10 1953 1953 British Grand Prix 8 Ferrari Ferrari 3 5 2
9 1953 1953 French Grand Prix 16 Ferrari Ferrari 7 1 8
8 1953 1953 Belgian Grand Prix 14 Ferrari Ferrari 7 6 0
7 1953 1953 Dutch Grand Prix 8 Ferrari Ferrari 6 4 3
6 1953 1953 Argentine Grand Prix 16 Ferrari Ferrari 6 4 3
5 1952 1952 Italian Grand Prix 42 Cooper-Climax Bristol 12 DNF Not classified 0
4 1952 1952 Dutch Grand Prix 32 Cooper-Climax Bristol 3 4 3
3 1952 1952 British Grand Prix 9 Cooper-Climax Bristol 7 3 4
2 1952 1952 French Grand Prix 42 Cooper-Climax Bristol 15 DNF Ignition 0
1 1952 1952 Belgian Grand Prix 8 Cooper-Climax Bristol 6 4 3

Podiums

 

Mike Hawthorn F1 Podium Finishes

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
18 1958 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 1 2 6
17 1958 1958 Italian Grand Prix 14 Ferrari Ferrari 3 2 6
16 1958 1958 Portuguese Grand Prix 24 Ferrari Ferrari 2 2 7
15 1958 1958 British Grand Prix 2 Ferrari Ferrari 4 2 7
14 1958 1958 French Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 1 1 9
13 1958 1958 Belgian Grand Prix 16 Ferrari Ferrari 1 2 7
12 1958 1958 Argentine Grand Prix 20 Ferrari Ferrari 2 3 4
11 1957 1957 German Grand Prix 8 Ferrari Ferrari 2 2 6
10 1957 1957 British Grand Prix 10 Ferrari Ferrari 5 3 4
9 1956 1956 Argentine Grand Prix 14 Maserati Maserati 8 3 4
8 1954 1954 Spanish Grand Prix 38 Ferrari Ferrari 3 1 8
7 1954 1954 Italian Grand Prix 40 Ferrari Ferrari 7 2 6
6 1954 1954 German Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 5 2 3
5 1954 1954 British Grand Prix 11 Ferrari Ferrari 3 2 6.14
4 1953 1953 Swiss Grand Prix 26 Ferrari Ferrari 7 3 4
3 1953 1953 German Grand Prix 3 Ferrari Ferrari 4 3 4
2 1953 1953 French Grand Prix 16 Ferrari Ferrari 7 1 8
1 1952 1952 British Grand Prix 9 Cooper-Climax Bristol 7 3 4

Poles

 

Mike Hawthorn F1 Pole Positions

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
4 1958 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix 6 Ferrari Ferrari 1 2 6
3 1958 1958 German Grand Prix 3 Ferrari Ferrari 1 DNF Clutch 0
2 1958 1958 French Grand Prix 4 Ferrari Ferrari 1 1 9
1 1958 1958 Belgian Grand Prix 16 Ferrari Ferrari 1 2 7

Comparison

 

Mike Hawthorn Teammate Comparison

SeasonTeamTeam MateBest PosPointsWinsPolesPositionQualifying
1952Cooper-ClimaxAlan Brown367000002120
David Murray3284000001010
Eric Brandon397000002130
Ken Wharton1990000000110
Reg Parnell374000001001
1953FerrariAlberto Ascari113146.515064518
Jacques Swaters378000002020
Kurt Adolff3284000001010
Louis Rosier1724010007070
Luigi Villoresi12311710006336
Max de Terra384000001010
Nino Farina11273211003517
Peter Hirt3174000001010
Piero Carini4243000001010
Umberto Maglioli483000001010
1954FerrariAlberto Ascari2126000001001
Jacques Swaters189.5010002130
José Froilán González2124.1429.6401013526
Louis Rosier289.14000003250
Maurice Trintignant1224.642110004581
Nino Farina421.5600011102
Piero Taruffi263000001120
Reg Parnell2236.14000001010
Robert Manzon1323.14410005270
Umberto Maglioli236200001230
1955FerrariEugenio Castellotti630600001212
Johnny Claes7110000001010
Luigi Villoresi10220000001001
Maurice Trintignant680000002130
Nino Farina10210000001001
Umberto Maglioli1060000000101
1956BRMRon Flockhart20270000001010
Tony Brooks16170000001110
MaseratiAlberto Uria364000001010
Carlos Menditeguy3104000001001
Chico Landi3441.500001010
Gerino Gerini3441.500001010
Jean Behra324600000101
José Froilán González3124000001001
Luigi Piotti394000001010
Oscar González364000001010
Stirling Moss374000001001
VanwallColin Chapman10200000001001
Harry Schell10100000001001
1957FerrariAlessandro de Tomaso1290000000110
Alfonso de Portago1250100000110
Cesare Perdisa1260000000110
Eugenio Castellotti12110000000101
José Froilán González1250100000110
Luigi Musso22131600003223
Maurice Trintignant347700002231
Peter Collins2317800006345
Wolfgang von Trips630400000321
1958FerrariLuigi Musso12231210203250
Olivier Gendebien2619000203030
Peter Collins11301411305270
Phil Hill2312900202130
Wolfgang von Trips1330910204260


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