How good was James Hunt?

How good was James Hunt?

This week, AUTOSPORT magazine ran a special issue on the career of 1976 F1 world champion James Hunt. Mark Hughes gives his verdict on the 1970s superstar

Click here to read AUTOSPORT's James Hunt special, guest-edited by Niki Lauda and featuring insight into Hunt's relationship with Hesketh, the comeback that never was and a technical analysis of his McLaren M23.

There was always a drama around James Hunt, a hurricane of colour and controversy and, at its eye, a blond vision of neurosis and hyperactivity. This was Hunt fuelled up in racing mode – a state he believed necessary to do something that, by his own admission, scared him.

Anyone working with him had no choice but to fall in with his assertive dynamic. Even Teddy Mayer's super-regimented McLaren found itself marching to Hunt's drum almost immediately he arrived as a late-notice replacement for the departing Emerson Fittipaldi in the winter of 1975-76.

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