OCT 24th 2016

Fuji 1976 – the inside story

Forty years ago today (Monday October 24th) James Simon Wallis Hunt became Britain’s sixth Formula 1 World Champion after finishing third in the season-closing Japanese Grand Prix in the shadow of Mount Fuji. After one of F1’s most tumultuous seasons, the McLaren driver overhauled Ferrari’s Niki Lauda to turn a three-point deficit into a one-point advantage and deny his Austrian friend and rival back-to-back titles. The backstory to the showdown is riddled with a heady mix of glory, defeat, protests, disqualifications, reinstatements, death-defying crashes, imprisonment, comebacks, withdrawals and wild partying.

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