|Formula One World Championship career|
|Active years||1952 - 1958|
|Teams||LD Hawthorn, AHM Bryde, Ferrari, Vanwall, BRM|
|Races||47 (45 starts)|
|Career points||112.64 (127.64)|
|First race||1952 Belgian Grand Prix|
|First win||1953 French Grand Prix|
|Last win||1958 French Grand Prix|
|Last race||1958 Moroccan Grand Prix|
|24 Hours of Le Mans career|
|Participating years||1953, 1955 – 1958|
|Best finish||1st (1955)|
|Class wins||1 (1955)|
Hawthorn made his Formula One debut at the 1952 Belgian Grand Prix, finishing an impressive 4th place. He would later win his first Grand Prix, at only the 9th attempt, when he won the 1953 French Grand Prix at Reims.
He was the winner of the 1958 Formula One Championship. With only one win that year against four wins of Stirling Moss, he benefited greatly from the gentlemanliness of Moss as shown at the Portuguese Grand Prix of Porto. Hawthorn was disqualified for pushing his car, against the rules, on the way to a second place finish. Moss interceded on Hawthorn's behalf and the decision was ultimately reversed. Those second place points at Porto contributed to Hawthorn winning the championship with a season total just one point more than that of Moss. After winning the title, Hawthorn immediately announced his retirement from Formula One.
A matter of only months later, on January 22, 1959, Hawthorn died in an automobile accident on the A3 Guildford bypass. He was driving his British Racing Green highly tuned Jaguar 3.4-litre sedan (now known as the 3.4 Mark 1 etc). What happened that day is still a mystery, suggested causes being driver error, mechanical failure, or blackout. The crash has been ascribed to combination of high speed, bad weather, competitiveness and impulsiveness. Rob Walker's 300 SL Mercedes was ahead of him. Perhaps Hawthorn pushed his car to pass Walker's. Hawthorn's Jaguar, nicknamed "the Merceater" was heavily modified for high power and speed. "No Kraut car could overtake or outaccelerate" Hawthorn's Jaguar (these are the words in his biography Challenge Me The Race) - a close relation had been killed in the war, hence his dislike of Germans.
There is now evidence that Hawthorn had recently become subject to blackouts that might well have caused the accident.
In Farnham, the town where he lived up to the time of his death, there is a street named Mike Hawthorn Drive (off Dogflud Way). It was also in this town that Hawthorn ran The Tourist Trophy Garage. Jaguars, Rileys, Fiats and Ferraris were serviced and sold from there.
Complete World Championship Results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)
* Indicates Shared Drive
Hawthorn Memorial Trophy
- Up until 1990, not all points scored by a driver contributed to their final World Championship tally (see list of pointscoring systems for more information). Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
- "Button receives Hawthorn Trophy". racecar.com. 2007-07-08. http://www.racecar.com/story.asp?NewsID=17848. Retrieved on 16 July 2007.
|BRDC International Trophy winner
José Froilán González
José Froilán González
|Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Juan Manuel Fangio
|Formula One World Champion
34 years, 16 days
|Youngest Formula One
World Drivers' Champion
29 years, 192 days
27 years, 188 days
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Hawthorn, John Michael|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||English racing driver|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 10, 1929|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Mexborough, Yorkshire, England|
|DATE OF DEATH||January 22, 1959|
|PLACE OF DEATH||A3 Guildford bypass|