F1 Teams of the Past – Hesketh Racing

Hesketh Racing were a Formula One team that competed in 52 races from 1973 to the Belgian Grand Prix of 1978, after which the team folded.  The team were founded by Lord Hesketh and Anthony Horsley in 1972 in Formula 3, and the following year, with James Hunt as their driver, they lined up on the F1 grid.

The team made its debut with Hunt in the 1973 Monaco Grand Prix and finished 9th, and scored their first point in their second start in France with a sixth place finish.  They reached the podium in only their fourth race in the Netherlands with a third place, and finished second in the season finale in the USA.  Hunt scored 14 points in the seven events he participated in that year.  In 1974, Hunt returned and scored three more third places, and the team took sixth in the constructors championship.  Hunt’s final year at the team saw him win the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, beating Niki Lauda into second place.  Three further podiums saw Hunt finish fourth in the drivers championship, the same position the team managed in the constructors championship.

When Hunt left at the end of the season to join McLaren, the team never scored another point, and closed down after the 1978 Belgian Grand Prix, with Hunt having scored all of its 62 points.

Hunt 1

1973
James Hunt – British – 9 Starts, 14 Points, Best Finish 2nd in the United States

1974
James Hunt – British – 15 Starts, 15 Points, Best Finish 3rd in Sweden, Austria and the United States
Ian Scheckter – South African – 0 Starts, 1 DNQ

1975
James Hunt – British – 14 Starts, 33 Points, 1 Win in the Netherlands
Alan Jones – Australian – 4 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 11th in Sweden
Torsten Palm – Swedish – 1 Starts, 1 DNQ, 0 Points, Best Finish 10th in Sweden
Harald Ertl – Austrian – 3 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 8th in Germany
Brett Lunger – American – 3 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 10th in Italy

1976
Harald Ertl – Austrian – 11 Starts, 3 DNQ’s, 0 Points, Best Finish 7th in Great Britain
Guy Edwards – British – 4 Starts, 1 DNS, 1 DNQ, 0 Points, Best Finish 15th in Germany
Rolf Stommelen – German – 1 Start, 0 Points, Best Finish 12th in the Netherlands
Alex Ribeiro – Brazilian – 1 Start, 0 Points, Best Finish 12th in the United States

1977
Rupert Keegan – British – 12 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 7th in Austria
Harald Ertl – Austrian – 3 Starts, 2 DNQ’s, 0 Points, Best Finish 9th in Belgium
Hector Rebaque – Mexican – 1 Start, 4 DNQ’s, 0 Points, Did Not Finish his only start
Ian Ashley – British – 1 Start, 1 DNS, 3 DNQ’s, 0 Points, Best Finish 17th in the United States

1978
Divina Galica – British – 0 Starts, 2 DNQ’s
Eddie Cheever – American – 1 Start, 0 Points, Did Not Finish his only start
Derek Daly – Irish – 0 Starts, 1 DNQ, 2 DNPQ’s

Hunt 2

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