Mike Hawthorn info & statistics

Mike Hawthorn wiki info & stat
NameMike Hawthorn
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Place of BirthMexborough
Date of BirthApr 10th 1929
Date of DeathJan 22nd 1959 - 29 years old
First Race1952 Belgian Grand Prix
Last Race1958 Moroccan Grand Prix
First Pole1958 Belgian Grand Prix
Last Pole1958 Moroccan Grand Prix
First Win1953 French Grand Prix
Last Win1958 French Grand Prix
First Podium1952 British Grand Prix
Last Podium1958 Moroccan Grand Prix

Mike Hawthorn F1 Stats

Drivers' Titles1
Race Starts46
Race Wins3 (6,5%)
Pole Positions4 (8,7%)
Fastest Laps6 (13,0%)
Podiums18 (39,1%)
Points Finishes28 (60,9%)
Retirements15 (32,6%)
Hat-tricks1
Wins from pole1
Frontrow Starts7
Total Points128
Total Laps2.589


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
4th4th3rd80th12th4th1st

 

Mike Hawthorn F1 Seasons Summary

YearTeamEngineGP1st2nd3rdPodPoleLapsFLAvg PtsPoints
1958 Italy Ferrari Ferrari101517453454.9049
1957 Italy Ferrari Ferrari70112040501.8613
1956 United Kingdom BRM
Italy Maserati
United Kingdom Vanwall
BRM
Maserati
Vanwall
40011017601.004
1955 Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Vanwall
Ferrari
Vanwall
50000025000.000
1954 Italy Ferrari Ferrari91304040012.7424.64
1953 Italy Ferrari Ferrari81023052903.3827
1952 United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Bristol50011029502.0010

Races

 

Mike Hawthorn F1 GP Race Classifications

1st3 Times
2nd9 Times
3rd6 Times
4th7 Times
5th2 Times
6th3 Times
7th2 Times
10th1 Time
DNF13 Times
DSQ1 Time
WD1 Time

 

Mike Hawthorn F1 GP Race Results

YearRaceNoTeamEngineGridPosRetiredPts
4819581958 Moroccan Grand Prix result6FerrariFerrari126
4719581958 Italian Grand Prix result14FerrariFerrari326
4619581958 Portuguese Grand Prix result24FerrariFerrari227
4519581958 German Grand Prix result3FerrariFerrari1DNFClutch0
4419581958 British Grand Prix result2FerrariFerrari427
4319581958 French Grand Prix result4FerrariFerrari119
4219581958 Belgian Grand Prix result16FerrariFerrari127
4119581958 Dutch Grand Prix result5FerrariFerrari652
4019581958 Monaco Grand Prix result38FerrariFerrari6DNFFuel pump1
3919581958 Argentine Grand Prix result20FerrariFerrari234
3819571957 Italian Grand Prix result34FerrariFerrari1060
3719571957 German Grand Prix result8FerrariFerrari226
3619571957 British Grand Prix result10FerrariFerrari534
3519571957 French Grand Prix result14FerrariFerrari743
3419571957 Monaco Grand Prix result28FerrariFerrari5DNFAccident0
3319571957 Monaco Grand Prix result24FerrariFerrari97Engine0
3219571957 Argentine Grand Prix result16FerrariFerrari7DNFClutch0
3119561956 British Grand Prix result23BRMBRM3DNFTransmission0
3019561956 French Grand Prix result24VanwallVanwall6100
2919561956 Monaco Grand Prix result10BRMBRM0WDEngine Valve0
2819561956 Argentine Grand Prix result14MaseratiMaserati834
2719551955 Italian Grand Prix result6FerrariFerrari14DNFGearbox0
2619551955 British Grand Prix result16FerrariFerrari1260
2519551955 Dutch Grand Prix result2FerrariFerrari570
2419551955 Belgian Grand Prix result40VanwallVanwall9DNFGearbox0
2319551955 Monaco Grand Prix result18VanwallVanwall12DNFThrottle0
2219541954 Spanish Grand Prix result38FerrariFerrari318
2119541954 Italian Grand Prix result40FerrariFerrari726
2019541954 Swiss Grand Prix result22FerrariFerrari6DNFOil leak0
1919541954 German Grand Prix result3FerrariFerrari3DNFTransmission0
1819541954 German Grand Prix result1FerrariFerrari523
1719541954 British Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari326.14
1619541954 French Grand Prix result6FerrariFerrari8DNFEngine0
1519541954 Belgian Grand Prix result10FerrariFerrari541.5
1419541954 Argentine Grand Prix result14FerrariFerrari4DSQDisqualified, Push Start0
1319531953 Italian Grand Prix result8FerrariFerrari643
1219531953 Swiss Grand Prix result26FerrariFerrari734
1119531953 German Grand Prix result3FerrariFerrari434
1019531953 British Grand Prix result8FerrariFerrari352
919531953 French Grand Prix result16FerrariFerrari718
819531953 Belgian Grand Prix result14FerrariFerrari760
719531953 Dutch Grand Prix result8FerrariFerrari643
619531953 Argentine Grand Prix result16FerrariFerrari643
519521952 Italian Grand Prix result42Cooper-ClimaxBristol12DNFNot classified0
419521952 Dutch Grand Prix result32Cooper-ClimaxBristol343
319521952 British Grand Prix result9Cooper-ClimaxBristol734
219521952 French Grand Prix result42Cooper-ClimaxBristol15DNFIgnition0
119521952 Belgian Grand Prix result8Cooper-ClimaxBristol643

Poles

 

Mike Hawthorn F1 Pole Positions

YearRaceNoTeamEngineGridPosRetiredPts
419581958 Moroccan Grand Prix result6FerrariFerrari126
319581958 German Grand Prix result3FerrariFerrari1DNFClutch0
219581958 French Grand Prix result4FerrariFerrari119
119581958 Belgian Grand Prix result16FerrariFerrari127

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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