This week Brendon Hartley will debut in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin and will be the ninth representative of New Zealand, who played for Big Prizes. Edition F1i.com remember all new Zealanders in the most prestigious Motorsport series.
The first representative of the state in the South-Western part of the Pacific ocean in F1 was Bruce McLaren. From 1958 to 1965 he played in the Cooper, and then founded the team, which later became the McLaren F1, which we know today.
The surprise for many may be the fact that Bruce never became the champion of the world: his best result in the overall standings – the second place in 1960. together, he won four races. McLaren died in an accident on the tests at Goodwood in 1970.
The most successful Kiwi competing in F1 is Danny Hulme. He won the title of champion in 1967 with Brabham. Then Danny moved to McLaren, which was made until 1974. Hulme died of a heart attack in 1992 at the age of 56 years.
Chris Eamonn competed in F1 from 1963 to 1976. Perhaps Eamonn would speak further, but he was in a serious accident in qualifying in Canada, and then decided to finish career of the racer. In F1, he spent 96 races, but not won any.
At the same time, Eamon still holds the record of playing in different manufacturers – he played for 13 different manufacturers in F1. Chris died in 2016 of cancer.
Representing New Zealand in F1 also Tony Shelly, who took part in the British Grand Prix-1962 composed nesovetskie Lotus, Howden Ganley, speaking in 35 races from 1971 to 1974, composed of BRM, Williams and March, Graham McRae, who spent one race in the Williams 1973, and John Nicholson, speaking at the British Grand Prix-1975 composed Lyncar.
Latest to Hartley the new Zealand pilot in the Big Prizes were Mike Thackwell, which held two Grand Prix of Canada, composed of Yael and RAM in 1980 and 1984. on the day of the debut in F1 Taquilla was only 19 years and 182 days. Mike held the record for the youngest pilot Big Prizes until the debut in the championship, Jaime Alguersuari in 2009 at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
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