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John Watson, F1 driver


4 May 1946 (77)
Wolfgang von Trips (4 May 1928)

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5 (3.2%)
1 (0.6%)
2 (1.3%)
0 (0%)
169 (1.1 points per race avg)
64 (41.6%)
1973 British Grand Prix
1985 European Grand Prix
1976 Austrian Grand Prix
1983 United States Grand Prix West

about John Watson

John Marshall Watson, (born 4 May 1946) is a British former racing driver and current commentator from Northern Ireland. He competed in Formula One, winning five Grands Prix and was second in the 1982 championship. He also competed in the World Sportscar Championship finishing second in the 1987 championship. After his retirement from motorsport, he became a commentator for Eurosport's coverage of Formula One from 1990 to 1996. He currently commentates on the Blancpain GT Series.

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1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985,

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teams & teammates John Watson

season teammate
1973 Wilson Fittipaldi
Carlos Reutemann
Andrea de Adamich
Rolf Stommelen
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1974 Carlos Reutemann
Richard Robarts
Rikky von Opel
Teddy Pilette
Gérard Larrousse
Carlos Pace
Lella Lombardi
Helmuth Koinigg
Carlo Facetti
Eppie Wietzes
Ian Ashley
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1975 Dave Morgan
Jacky Ickx
Ronnie Peterson
Guy Tunmer
Eddie Keizan
Brian Henton
Jim Crawford
Mark Donohue
Surtees compare 1975
1976 Boy Lunger
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1977 Carlos Pace
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Giorgio Francia
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1978 Niki Lauda
Nelson Piquet
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1979 Patrick Tambay
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1980 Alain Prost
Stephen South
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1981 Andrea de Cesaris
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1982 Niki Lauda
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1983 Niki Lauda
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1985 Alain Prost
Niki Lauda
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