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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. Hawthorn also won the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans, but was haunted by his involvement in the disastrous crash that marred the race. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mike Hawthorn has received more than 895,943 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Mike Hawthorn is the 30th most popular racing driver, the 557th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 708th in 2019) and the 7th 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 30 out of 888Before him are Jacky Ickx, Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Jack Brabham, Giacomo Agostini, and Carlos Reutemann. After him are Jean Todt, John Surtees, Mika Häkkinen, François Cevert, Stirling Moss, and Fernando Alonso.

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Among people born in 1929, Mike Hawthorn ranks 45Before him are Murray Gell-Mann, Bernard Haitink, Lata Mangeshkar, John Cassavetes, Ursula K. Le Guin, and James Last. After him are Jean Simmons, Eric Kandel, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Yevgeny Primakov, Lennart Meri, and Richard E. Taylor. Among people deceased in 1959, Mike Hawthorn ranks 18Before him are Camilo Cienfuegos, Adolf Windaus, Shirō Ishii, Buddy Holly, Errol Flynn, and George Grosz. After him are Bohuslav Martinů, Alfred Schütz, Ritchie Valens, Edward C. Tolman, Arthur Cecil Pigou, and Ettore Majorana.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Mike Hawthorn ranks 557 out of 7,765Before him are John Newlands (1837), Gordon Banks (1937), Henry Hallett Dale (1875), Elizabeth Blackwell (1821), Cecily Neville, Duchess of York (1415), and Robert Robinson (1886). After him are Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester (1532), Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (1964), Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (1738), James Clark Ross (1800), Bob Hoskins (1942), and Jean Simmons (1929).

Among RACING DRIVERS In United Kingdom

Among racing drivers born in United Kingdom, Mike Hawthorn ranks 7Before him are James Hunt (1947), Ken Miles (1918), Jackie Stewart (1939), Jim Clark (1936), Graham Hill (1929), and Nigel Mansell (1953). After him are John Surtees (1934), Stirling Moss (1929), Lewis Hamilton (1985), Damon Hill (1960), Colin McRae (1968), and Alfonso de Portago (1928).