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John Watson

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Open Wheel Racing

John Watson

Birthdate:  May 4, 1946
Nationality:  British

A race car driver.

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Formula 1 Race History


The Flying Lap, Episode 60: John Watson, MBE
March 7, 2012
Duration: 1:13:14
With Peter Windsor this week marking his 40th year in F1, The Flying Lap is delighted to invite John Watson into the London studio to share with us some of the highs and lows of the past four decades - and also to bring his own, inimitable twist to the F1 race prospects for 2012. A beautifully clean and fast racing driver, John is perhaps best-known for winning the 1981 British GP at Silverstone. This was McLaren's first win with the pioneering carbon-fibre chassis - and also the team's first since October, 1977. He also scored an emotional debut victory for Penske in Austria, 1976, exactly one year after the team lost their American star, Mark Donohue, and became a big name in the USA thanks to his two stunning victories for McLaren on the Detroit and Long Beach street courses in 1982 and 1983. On both occasions he sliced through the field not only to win but also to beat his brilliant team-mate, Niki Lauda. In retirement, John has been highly-acclaimed globally for his F1 analysis and commentary on all media platforms, including TSN in Canada, BBC Radio 5 Live, Eurosport and Sky Digital Plus.

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Formula 1 Race History

Racing Record Notes

DateGrand PrixConstructorGridFinishPoints
July 14, 1973BritishBrabham-Ford23Retired0
October 7, 1973United StatesBrabham-Ford24Retired0
January 13, 1974ArgentineBrabham-Ford20120
January 27, 1974BrazilianBrabham-Ford15Retired0
March 30, 1974South AfricanBrabham-Ford13Retired0
April 28, 1974SpanishBrabham-Ford15110
May 12, 1974BelgianBrabham-Ford19110
May 26, 1974MonacoBrabham-Ford2361
June 9, 1974SwedishBrabham-Ford14110
June 23, 1974DutchBrabham-Ford1370
July 7, 1974FrenchBrabham-Ford14160
July 20, 1974BritishBrabham-Ford13110
August 4, 1974GermanBrabham-Ford14Retired0
August 18, 1974AustrianBrabham-Ford1143
September 8, 1974ItalianBrabham-Ford470
September 22, 1974CanadianBrabham-Ford15Retired0
October 6, 1974United StatesBrabham-Ford752
January 12, 1975ArgentineSurtees-Ford15Disqualified0
January 26, 1975BrazilianSurtees-Ford13100
March 1, 1975South AfricanSurtees-Ford10Retired0
April 27, 1975SpanishSurtees-Ford680
May 11, 1975MonacoSurtees-Ford6Retired0
May 25, 1975BelgianSurtees-Ford18100
June 8, 1975SwedishSurtees-Ford10160
June 22, 1975DutchSurtees-Ford14Retired0
July 6, 1975FrenchSurtees-Ford14130
July 19, 1975BritishSurtees-Ford18110
August 3, 1975GermanLotus-Ford14Retired0
August 17, 1975AustrianSurtees-Ford18100
October 5, 1975United StatesPenske-Ford1290
January 25, 1976BrazilianPenske-Ford8Retired0
March 6, 1976South AfricanPenske-Ford352
March 28, 1976USA WestPenske-Ford9Not classified0
May 2, 1976SpanishPenske-Ford13Retired0
May 16, 1976BelgianPenske-Ford1770
May 30, 1976MonacoPenske-Ford18100
June 13, 1976SwedishPenske-Ford17Retired0
July 4, 1976FrenchPenske-Ford834
July 18, 1976BritishPenske-Ford834
August 1, 1976GermanPenske-Ford1970
August 15, 1976AustrianPenske-Ford219
August 29, 1976DutchPenske-Ford4Retired0
September 12, 1976ItalianPenske-Ford29110
October 3, 1976CanadianPenske-Ford14100
October 10, 1976USA EastPenske-Ford861
October 24, 1976JapanesePenske-Ford4Retired0
January 9, 1977ArgentineBrabham-Alfa Romeo2Retired0
January 23, 1977BrazilianBrabham-Alfa Romeo7Retired0
March 5, 1977South AfricanBrabham-Alfa Romeo1161
April 3, 1977USA WestBrabham-Alfa Romeo6Disqualified0
May 8, 1977SpanishBrabham-Alfa Romeo6Retired0
May 22, 1977MonacoBrabham-Alfa Romeo1Retired0
June 5, 1977BelgianBrabham-Alfa Romeo2Retired0
June 19, 1977SwedishBrabham-Alfa Romeo252
July 3, 1977FrenchBrabham-Alfa Romeo426
July 16, 1977BritishBrabham-Alfa Romeo2Retired0
July 31, 1977GermanBrabham-Alfa Romeo2Retired0
August 14, 1977AustrianBrabham-Alfa Romeo1280
August 28, 1977DutchBrabham-Alfa Romeo8Retired0
September 11, 1977ItalianBrabham-Alfa Romeo14Retired0
October 2, 1977USA EastBrabham-Alfa Romeo3120
October 9, 1977CanadianBrabham-Alfa Romeo10Retired0
October 23, 1977JapaneseBrabham-Alfa Romeo3Retired0
January 15, 1978ArgentineBrabham-Alfa Romeo4Retired0
January 29, 1978BrazilianBrabham-Alfa Romeo2180
March 4, 1978South AfricanBrabham-Alfa Romeo1034
April 2, 1978USA WestBrabham-Alfa Romeo5Retired0
May 7, 1978MonacoBrabham-Alfa Romeo243
May 21, 1978BelgianBrabham-Alfa Romeo9Retired0
June 4, 1978SpanishBrabham-Alfa Romeo752
June 17, 1978SwedishBrabham-Alfa Romeo0Retired0
July 2, 1978FrenchBrabham-Alfa Romeo143
July 16, 1978BritishBrabham-Alfa Romeo934
July 30, 1978GermanBrabham-Alfa Romeo570
August 13, 1978AustrianBrabham-Alfa Romeo1070
August 27, 1978DutchBrabham-Alfa Romeo843
September 10, 1978ItalianBrabham-Alfa Romeo726
October 1, 1978USA EastBrabham-Alfa Romeo7Retired0
October 8, 1978CanadianBrabham-Alfa Romeo4Retired0
January 21, 1979ArgentineMcLaren-Ford344
February 4, 1979BrazilianMcLaren-Ford1480
March 3, 1979South AfricanMcLaren-Ford14Retired0
April 8, 1979USA WestMcLaren-Ford18Retired0
April 29, 1979SpanishMcLaren-Ford18Retired0
May 13, 1979BelgianMcLaren-Ford1961
May 27, 1979MonacoMcLaren-Ford1443
July 1, 1979FrenchMcLaren-Ford15110
July 14, 1979BritishMcLaren-Ford743
July 29, 1979GermanMcLaren-Ford1252
August 12, 1979AustrianMcLaren-Ford1690
August 26, 1979DutchMcLaren-Ford12Retired0
September 9, 1979ItalianMcLaren-Ford19Retired0
September 30, 1979CanadianMcLaren-Ford1761
October 7, 1979USA EastMcLaren-Ford1361
January 13, 1980ArgentineMcLaren-Ford17Retired0
January 27, 1980BrazilianMcLaren-Ford23110
March 1, 1980South AfricanMcLaren-Ford21110
March 30, 1980USA WestMcLaren-Ford2143
May 4, 1980BelgianMcLaren-Ford20Not classified0
May 18, 1980MonacoMcLaren-FordDNQ0
June 29, 1980FrenchMcLaren-Ford1370
July 13, 1980BritishMcLaren-Ford1280
August 10, 1980GermanMcLaren-Ford20Retired0
August 17, 1980AustrianMcLaren-Ford21Retired0
August 31, 1980DutchMcLaren-Ford9Retired0
September 14, 1980ItalianMcLaren-Ford14Retired0
September 28, 1980CanadianMcLaren-Ford743
October 5, 1980USA EastMcLaren-Ford9Not classified0
March 15, 1981USA WestMcLaren-Ford23Retired0
March 29, 1981BrazilianMcLaren-Ford1580
April 12, 1981ArgentineMcLaren-Ford11Retired0
May 3, 1981San MarinoMcLaren-Ford7100
May 17, 1981BelgianMcLaren-Ford570
May 31, 1981MonacoMcLaren-Ford10Retired0
June 21, 1981SpanishMcLaren-Ford434
July 5, 1981FrenchMcLaren-Ford226
July 18, 1981BritishMcLaren-Ford519
August 2, 1981GermanMcLaren-Ford961
August 16, 1981AustrianMcLaren-Ford1261
August 30, 1981DutchMcLaren-Ford8Retired0
September 13, 1981ItalianMcLaren-Ford7Retired0
September 27, 1981CanadianMcLaren-Ford926
October 17, 1981Las VegasMcLaren-Ford670
January 23, 1982South AfricanMcLaren-Ford961
March 21, 1982BrazilianMcLaren-Ford1226
April 4, 1982USA WestMcLaren-Ford1161
May 9, 1982BelgianMcLaren-Ford1019
May 23, 1982MonacoMcLaren-Ford10Retired0
June 6, 1982USA EastMcLaren-Ford1719
June 13, 1982CanadianMcLaren-Ford634
July 3, 1982DutchMcLaren-Ford1190
July 18, 1982BritishMcLaren-Ford12Retired0
July 25, 1982FrenchMcLaren-Ford12Retired0
August 8, 1982GermanMcLaren-Ford10Retired0
August 15, 1982AustrianMcLaren-Ford1890
August 29, 1982SwissMcLaren-Ford11130
September 12, 1982ItalianMcLaren-Ford1243
September 25, 1982Las VegasMcLaren-Ford926
March 13, 1983BrazilianMcLaren-Ford16Retired0
March 27, 1983USA WestMcLaren-Ford22WIN9
April 17, 1983FrenchMcLaren-Ford14Retired0
May 1, 1983San MarinoMcLaren-Ford2452
May 15, 1983MonacoMcLaren-FordDNQ0
May 22, 1983BelgianMcLaren-Ford20Retired0
June 5, 1983United StatesMcLaren-Ford2134
June 12, 1983CanadianMcLaren-Ford2061
July 16, 1983BritishMcLaren-Ford2490
August 7, 1983GermanMcLaren-Ford2352
August 14, 1983AustrianMcLaren-Ford1790
August 28, 1983DutchMcLaren-Ford1534
September 11, 1983ItalianMcLaren-Tag15Retired0
September 25, 1983EuropeanMcLaren-Tag10Retired0
October 15, 1983South AfricanMcLaren-Tag15Disqualified0
October 6, 1985EuropeanMcLaren-TAG2170

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