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James Hunt

James Hunt


James Hunt was British Racing Driver and who had been won Formula One World Championship in 1976, Born on 29 August 1947, In Belmont, Surrey, England, UK.

Family Background:

James was the son of Wallis Hunt and his wife Sue Hunt. His father was a stockbroker. He had one elder sister, Sally Hunt, had three younger brothers and one younger sister.

Personal Life:

On 18 October 1974, James married first wife Suzy Miller. The couple divorced in 1975 because she moved to Richard Burton, Who had also paid Hunt’s divorce settlement of $1 million. In 1983, He had married Sarah Lomax. They had two children, Tom and Freddie. The couple divorced in November 1989.


He had educated at Westerleigh School in Hastings, Sussex. Later he had completed his college education at Wellington College in Crowthorne, Berkshire. As a young boy, he had been resolute by nature and had been a talented sportsperson.


His career had started off in a racing Mini. For buying a Mini, He had worked odd jobs and had decided to do two years race preparing it. In 1968, He had raced in Formula Ford and had driven a Russell Alexis MK 14 Car. In his first race, He had finished at the fifth position. He had first won at Lydden Hill. In 1969, He had raced in Formula Three and had driven a Merlyn Mk11A car. Then he had been won several races and had created reputation himself. In 1973, He signed up with the Hesketh team and team had entered in Formula two with little success. Later he had been entered in Formula One according to Lord Hesketh’s wishes, and he had won the second position at the United State Grand Prix. In 1975, He had won the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort. Then Hunt had been signed up with McLaren for the next season. 1976 was the best year for Hunt’s career. In 1976, He had won the six Grand Prix. In 1977, He had won in Silverstone and Watkins Glen. In 1978, He had wanted to win Second World Championship, due to the slow responding McLaren M26, He could manage to score only eight world championship points. On June 1979, He had announced his retirement from F1 competitions. After retirement, He had taken television commentary for BBC’s Formula One until his death.

On June 15, 1993, He died due to a heart attack in his sleep at the age of 45.

Unknown Facts:

  • His real name was James Simon Wallis Hunt.
  • There was a deep effect of fellow racer Ronnie Peterson fatal car crash in 1978 Italian Grand Prix.

Master Stroke:

  • He had won total ten Grand Prix during his lifetime, six of them he had won in 1976 when he had been part of team McLaren.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1973, He had been awarded the Campbell Trophy.
  • In 1976, He had been awarded the Tarmac Trophy.

What can we learn from Him??

Like James Hunt, Go forward, never thing negative in life. Positive thinking led you to become a success.

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