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 821,694 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Mike Hawthorn is the 30th most popular racing driver (down from 27th in 2019), the 708th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 618th 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 30 out of 888Before him are Clay Regazzoni, Nigel Mansell, Carlos Reutemann, Jacky Ickx, Giacomo Agostini, and John Surtees. After him are Mario Andretti, Jean Todt, Roland Ratzenberger, Helmut Marko, Mika Häkkinen, and Lella Lombardi.

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Among people born in 1929, Mike Hawthorn ranks 69Before him are Jerry Goldsmith, Zoltán Czibor, Isamu Akasaki, Lennart Johansson, Nicolai Ghiaurov, and Werner Arber. After him are Whitey Bulger, Alfred Moisiu, Gerald Edelman, Violeta Chamorro, Yozo Aoki, and Ágnes Heller. Among people deceased in 1959, Mike Hawthorn ranks 23Before him are Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Bohuslav Martinů, Alfred Schütz, Edward C. Tolman, and Arthur Cecil Pigou. After him are John Foster Dulles, Mario Lanza, Ettore Majorana, Enrico De Nicola, Alfred Kubin, and Sidney Bechet.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Mike Hawthorn ranks 708 out of 6,924Before him are Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond (1430), John Surtees (1934), Charles Vane (1680), H. L. A. Hart (1907), Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1850), and John of Salisbury (1110). After him are William Holman Hunt (1827), Edward Heath (1916), John Rhys-Davies (1944), Naomi Watts (1968), Catherine of Lancaster (1373), and Kenny Dalglish (1951).

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), Stirling Moss (1929), Graham Hill (1929), Nigel Mansell (1953), and John Surtees (1934). After him are Damon Hill (1960), Mike Hailwood (1940), Lewis Hamilton (1985), Piers Courage (1942), David Purley (1945), and Tom Pryce (1949).