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Zandvoort circuit | Formula 1 - 1976


The 1976 Formula 1 season was the 27th FIA Formula One World Championship season.

It started on January 25, 1976 and ended on October 24 after sixteen races.

  • James Hunt became world champion one point ahead of Niki Lauda.

  • Lauda had a bad crash at the Nürburgring, from which he miraculously recovered.



James Simon Wallis Hunt (Belmont, August 29, 1947 - Wimbledon, London, June 15, 1993) was a British racing driver.

He was also known within Formula 1 for his rather wild lifestyle.


James Hunt made his Formula 1 debut in 1973 with the Hesketh team, where he took second place in the first year at the American Grand Prix. He won his first race in 1975 on the Dutch Zandvoort circuit.

For 1976, Hunt signed with the McLaren team. That same year, Hunt took six wins and took his only world title in a rain-soaked Japanese Grand Prix, with his biggest rival at the time, Niki Lauda, ​​retiring during the race due to bad weather. James Hunt finished third and won the world title by one point.


In the 1980s he became a motorsport commentator for the BBC along with the legendary Murray Walker. Barely two days before his death, he commented on the 1993 Canadian Grand Prix.

Hunt died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 45.


  • In October 2013, the movie Rush was released about the 1976 Formula 1 battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.


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