What Happened On This Day June 22 In F1 History?

From James Hunt and Hesketh Racing's first F1 win in 1975 at Zandvoort to Felipe Massa's triumph for Ferrari at the 2008 French Grand Prix.

Mark Phelan

By Mark Phelan
Updated on June 22, 2024

James Hunt Hesketh Racing 1975 Dutch Grand Prix
James Hunt wins for Hesketh Racing at the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix. It was his first and the teams first F1 win.

What happened on this day, June 22 in Formula 1 history? Find out interesting facts and stories about Formula 1 on this day.


When Lord Hesketh decided to establish his own F1 team in 1973, Hesketh Racing, he immediately thought of James Hunt as the ideal driver. With Hunt’s inclusion, the team rapidly gained credibility within Formula 1, achieving their first win at the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort on June 22. This victory was both Hunt’s and Hesketh’s first in the sport. Though Hunt would later win a world championship, this remained Hesketh’s sole triumph in Formula 1.


BMW declared its intention to end its engine partnership with Williams and chose instead to acquire the Sauber Formula 1 team. This newly formed BMW team celebrated its inaugural victory in June at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix.


Felipe Massa triumphed for Ferrari at the 2008 French Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen in the sister Ferrari was poised for victory, but a malfunctioning exhaust forced him to slow down, and he ultimately finished second. Jarno Trulli, driving for Toyota, completed the podium in third.

The 2008 French Grand Prix, held as the eighth race of the season, also marked the final race at this venue for ten years, with its return in 2018 at Circuit Paul Ricard.

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Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

Mark is a staff writer specialising in the history of Formula 1 races. Mark researches most of our historic content from teams to drivers and races. He has followed Formula 1 since 1988, and admits to having a soft spot for British drivers from James Hunt and Nigel Mansell to Lando Norris. He loves a great F1 podcast and has read pretty much every drivers biography.

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