REIGNING IN JAPAN

Forty years ago today, British McLaren driver James Hunt won the 1976 Formula 1™ World Championship. We revisit the atmospheric Fuji Speedway in Japan to remember the thrilling conclusion to the season.

 

 

The final round of the 1976 Formula 1™ season has gone down in history as one of the most dramatic races of all time. James Hunt arrived at Fuji Speedway just three points behind his great rival, Niki Lauda, in the drivers’ championship standings. Race day saw horrendous weather descend on the circuit, with fog and torrential rain obscuring visibility. Conditions were so bad, Lauda pulled into the pits and withdrew from the race after just two laps. Despite a late puncture, Hunt kept his cool to finish in third position – enough to win the 1976 title.

Click on the video above to relive Hunt's famous championship victory at Fuji.

 

The moment Hunt was waiting for: Formula 1 World Champion.

 

The McLaren team check the rear of Hunt's M23 before sending him back out onto the track.

 

Hunt (left) shelters from the rain with title rival Lauda (front).

 

Hunt is pursued by his McLaren teammate Jochen Mass.

 

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