- James Simon Wallis Hunt was a British racing driver who won the Formula One World Championship in 1976
|Born:||29 August 1947 Comment |
|When did James Hunt die? / Died||15 June 1993|
|How many years did James Hunt live? / Lived||45 years|
James Hunt facts
- 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 was soon taken under their wing
- Hunt's often reckless and action-packed exploits on track earned him the nickname "Hunt the Shunt", "shunt" being a British racing term that 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 was known for his tactical knowledge, technical insight, a dry sense of humour and his 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
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