Mike Hawthorn

1929 - 1959

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John Michael Hawthorn (10 April 1929 – 22 January 1959) was a British racing driver. He became the United Kingdom's first Formula One World Champion driver in 1958, whereupon he announced his retirement, having been profoundly affected by the death of his teammate and friend Peter Collins two months earlier in the 1958 German Grand Prix. He died in a road accident three months after retiring. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mike Hawthorn has received more than 1,080,482 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Mike Hawthorn is the 39th most popular racing driver (down from 30th in 2019), the 752nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 557th in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Racing Driver.

Mike Hawthorn is most famous for being the first British Formula One driver to win a world championship.

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Among racing drivers, Mike Hawthorn ranks 39 out of 1,080Before him are Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior, Fernando Alonso, Roland Ratzenberger, John Surtees, Jody Scheckter, and Mika Häkkinen. After him are Walter Röhrl, Denny Hulme, Jean Todt, Phil Hill, Didier Pironi, and Ari Vatanen.

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Among people born in 1929, Mike Hawthorn ranks 74Before him are Peter L. Berger, Violeta Chamorro, Ágnes Heller, George Steiner, Albert Azaryan, and Imelda Marcos. After him are Andriyan Nikolayev, Abdel Halim Hafez, Pierre Brice, Jean Simmons, George Stinney, and Hebe Camargo. Among people deceased in 1959, Mike Hawthorn ranks 25Before him are Errol Flynn, Arthur Cecil Pigou, Enrico De Nicola, Ritchie Valens, Alfred Kubin, and Raphael Lemkin. After him are Mario Lanza, Edward C. Tolman, Ettore Majorana, John Foster Dulles, Carlos Saavedra Lamas, and Infanta Maria Antonia of Portugal.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Mike Hawthorn ranks 752 out of 8,785Before him are Andrew Huxley (1917), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (1982), E. H. Carr (1892), Louise of Great Britain (1724), Edgar F. Codd (1923), and Margaret Rutherford (1892). After him are Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron Seymour of Sudeley (1508), Banksy (1970), William Holman Hunt (1827), H. Rider Haggard (1856), James Hadley Chase (1906), and James Lovelock (1919).

Among RACING DRIVERS In United Kingdom

Among racing drivers born in United Kingdom, Mike Hawthorn ranks 9Before him are Jackie Stewart (1939), Jim Clark (1936), Graham Hill (1929), Nigel Mansell (1953), Alfonso de Portago (1928), and John Surtees (1934). After him are Stirling Moss (1929), Lewis Hamilton (1985), Damon Hill (1960), Colin McRae (1968), Mike Hailwood (1940), and Tom Pryce (1949).