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British
29 August 1947
15 June 1993 (45)
Alan Stacey (29 August 1933)

statistics

10 (10.8%)
23 (24.7%)
14 (15.1%)
1 (14.3%)
1st
7
93
92
179 (1.9 points per race avg)
47 (50.5%)
1973 Monaco Grand Prix
1979 Monaco Grand Prix

about James Hunt

James Simon Wallis Hunt (29 August 1947 – 15 June 1993) was a British racing driver who won the Formula One World Championship in 1976. After retiring from racing in 1979, Hunt became a media commentator and businessman.

Beginning his racing career in touring car racing, Hunt progressed into Formula Three, where he attracted the attention of the Hesketh Racing team and soon came under their wing. Hunt's often reckless and action-packed exploits on track earned him the nickname "Hunt the Shunt" (shunt as a British racing term means "crash"). Hunt entered Formula One in 1973, driving a March 731 entered by the Hesketh Racing team. He went on to win for Hesketh, driving their own Hesketh 308 car, in both World Championship and non-Championship races, before joining the McLaren team at the end of 1975. In his first year with McLaren, Hunt won the 1976 World Drivers' Championship, and he remained with the team for a further two years, although with less success, before moving to the Wolf team in early 1979. Following a string of races in which he failed to finish, Hunt retired from driving halfway through the 1979 season.

After retiring from motor racing, he established a career commenting on Grands Prix for the BBC. He had a reputation for tactical knowledge, technical insight, a dry sense of humour and criticism of drivers who, he believed, were not trying hard enough, which in the process brought him a whole new fanbase.

Hunt died from a heart attack aged 45. He was inducted into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame on 29 January 2014.


source: Wikipedia

seasons

1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979,

finishing positions

grid positions

teams & teammates

season teammate
1973 Jean-Pierre Jarier
Mike Beuttler
Henri Pescarolo
David Purley
Reine Wisell
Roger Williamson
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1974 Hans-Joachim Stuck
Howden Ganley
Vittorio Brambilla
Reine Wisell
Mike Wilds
Ian Scheckter
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1975 Alan Jones
Torsten Palm
Harald Ertl
Brett Lunger
Hesketh compare 1975
1976 Jochen Mass
McLaren compare 1976
1977 Jochen Mass
Emilio de Villota
Brett Lunger
Gilles Villeneuve
Bruno Giacomelli
McLaren compare 1977
1978 Patrick Tambay
Brett Lunger
Bruno Giacomelli
Emilio de Villota
Tony Trimmer
Nelson Piquet
McLaren compare 1978
1979 Keke Rosberg
Wolf compare 1979

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