There have been many successful British F1 drivers – Nigel Mansell, David Coulthard, Damon Hill, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss… the list goes on. However, very few drivers have has many great stories attached to them as 1976 Formula 1 World Champion James Hunt. Known for his party life style off the track and his aggressive no-holds-barred style on the circuit, earning the nickname ‘Hunt The Shunt’, Hunt became a firm fan favourite. Originally entering the world of Formula 1 driving for the Hesketh team, funded by a rich aristocrate and driving without any sponsorship on the side of the car, Hunt showed immediate talent. Unfortunately, with no money coming in to the team, Hesketh was unable to sustain the high costs of competing at the highest level and was forced to withdraw from the following season leaving Hunt without a drive. At the last minute he managed to secure a seat at McLaren setting the stage for an incredible season long duel with his arch rival, Ferrari driver Niki Lauda. After a series of amazing events, which are now portrayed in the Ron Howard film Rush, Hunt managed to secure victory at the final round of the championship by a single point and in the process managed to overturn a points gap which in todays points would be the equivalent of 96.
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