James Hunt was a hugely talented racing driver. Properly quick and fearless, he was highly rated by McLaren team principal Teddy Mayer, with Mayer going on to say that he rated Hunt more highly than two-time World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi, who’d won his second title with McLaren in 1974.
True, when Hunt lost his motivation, as he arguably did at the end of his career, he underperformed. But when he was on song, like in so many races from 1974 to 1978, he could be unstoppable – and he was always fair, as Niki Lauda once noted. “He was never a nasty driver,” the Austrian champion said. “He was very good, correct… but fucking quick.”