James Hunt's 1977 F1 diary

James Hunt's 1977 F1 diary

To coincide with the AUTOSPORT Legends Hunt and Lauda bookazine launch, relive JAMES HUNT's 1977 and '78 F1 seasons through his contemporary columns for AUTOSPORT magazine

The latest AUTOSPORT Legends bookazine focuses on 1970s Formula 1 superstars James Hunt and Niki Lauda and their infamous rivalry.

To coincide with its release, AUTOSPORT is republishing the complete series of 'Just James' diary columns that Hunt wrote for the magazine during the 1977 and '78 F1 seasons.

June 16 1977. I suppose it was on about the eighth lap of the Belgian Grand Prix when about half the field had lapped me and the weather showed little or no sign of improving that I really began to feel like an idiot. It was a bit like trying to beat a field of 500cc motorbikes on a pushbike, because I was probably having to work a lot harder keeping my car on the road, but still everybody just kept sailing past me.

The logic behind my gamble was that I was really too far down the grid after a bad Saturday qualifying session to make an impression on the leaders if I started on equal terms. My only chance of getting a good place was by doing the exact opposite to all of them and hoping the track would dry within a lap or two. I knew perfectly well that it would either be a disaster or a brilliant coup and we all know what it turned out to be. It was my decision entirely and I take all the blame for it.

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