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  • Hesketh Racing Official Name
  • Easton Neston, United Kingdom Base
  • 1973 F1 Debut
  • Lord Hesketh / Anthony Horsley Team Boss
  • Harvey Postlethwaite / Frank Dernie Technical Chief
  • 0 World Championships

Hesketh Racing was a British Formula One constructor active between 1973 and 1978. During its time in the championship, the team participated in 52 World Championship Grands Prix, securing one victory and eight more podium finishes. The team’s highest achievement in the World Constructors’ Championship was a fourth-place finish in 1975. Both James Hunt and Alan Jones made their Formula 1 debuts with Hesketh cars.

Notable Team Members and Drivers

James Hunt: Made his F1 debut with Hesketh Racing and later won the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix for the team. He later moved to McLaren, where he won the 1976 World Championship.

Harvey Postlethwaite: A junior designer at March Engineering, he was brought in to modify Hesketh’s chassis. He designed the successful Hesketh 308 and later took his upgraded 308C design to Wolf–Williams Racing.

Anthony ‘Bubbles’ Horsley: Transitioned from being a team manager to effectively leading Hesketh Racing after Lord Hesketh’s departure.

1973 – 1975

Hesketh Racing rented a Surtees TS9 for the non-championship Race of Champions at Brands Hatch in 1973, where James Hunt finished third. This success prompted the purchase of a March 731, and Hesketh also brought in junior March Engineering designer Harvey Postlethwaite to modify the chassis, working from their Easton Neston estate. The car debuted at the 1973 Monaco Grand Prix, where Hunt was running sixth before an engine failure. He scored a point at the team’s next entry, the 1973 French Grand Prix, improved to fourth at the 1973 British Grand Prix, and secured third at the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix. Hunt capped the season with a second-place finish at the 1973 United States Grand Prix.

In 1974, Postlethwaite designed a new car for the team, the Hesketh 308, which Hunt drove to victory at the Silverstone International Trophy. The car made its championship debut at the 1974 South African Grand Prix and performed well, achieving third place at the Swedish, Austrian, and United States Grand Prix. For 1975, Hesketh sold 308 models to Harry Stiller Racing, which gave Alan Jones his F1 debut, and to Polar Caravans, while the works team continued to modify the 308 for Hunt.

Hunt won the wet-dry 1975 Dutch Grand Prix, fending off Niki Lauda in the more dominant Ferrari. He also led races at the 1975 British and Austrian Grand Prix, securing several points finishes and finishing fourth overall in the 1975 drivers’ championship.

1976 – 1978

In late 1975, Lord Hesketh announced that he could no longer afford to continue racing without sponsorship and ended his involvement with the team. James Hunt was then offered the lead driver seat at McLaren, replacing Emerson Fittipaldi.

Harvey Postlethwaite took his upgraded 308C design to Wolf–Williams Racing, while Anthony ‘Bubbles’ Horsley continued Hesketh Racing by upgrading the 308 to the 308D. Harald Ertl signed on to drive, and the team secured sponsorship from Penthouse Magazine and Rizla. Guy Edwards joined as a second driver from the 1976 Belgian Grand Prix onwards, with Alex Ribeiro providing additional funds later in the year. Ertl’s seventh place at the 1976 British Grand Prix was the team’s best result of the season. Future Williams engineer Patrick Head noted that the 308D had significant aerodynamic issues at the rear, hindering its performance.

For the 1977 season, Frank Dernie designed the new 308E chassis, with Rupert Keegan driving alongside Ertl. Later in the season, a third car was entered for Héctor Rebaque, as Horsley sought to bring in more funds. Ertl left and was replaced by Ian Ashley, but by then, Keegan’s car was usually the only one to make it to the grid. Keegan’s seventh place at the 1977 Austrian Grand Prix was the team’s best finish that year.

In 1978, the team was reduced to a single car with backing from Olympus Cameras. The car itself saw minimal upgrades, and Divina Galica failed to qualify for the first two races. Eddie Cheever managed to qualify for the 1978 South African Grand Prix but retired due to a fractured oil line. Derek Daly was the next to try the car, and at the wet International Trophy at Silverstone, he diced for the lead with James Hunt’s McLaren before a stone cracked his visor, ending his race. However, Daly failed to qualify for the next three world championship events, leading to the team’s closure.

Hesketh Racing Formula One World Championship Records

First entry1974 South African Grand Prix
Races entered52
Constructors’ Championships0
Drivers’ Championships0
Race victories1
Pole positions0
Fastest laps1
Final entry1978 South African Grand Prix

Entrant Names

1973–1977Hesketh Racing
1975Warsteiner Brewery
1975Polar Caravans
1976–1977Penthouse Rizla Racing
1978Olympus Cameras/Hesketh Racing

Hesketh Racing Results As Team

Not entered as a constructor.

1973March 731Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0GJames Hunt6, 8–10, 12–15
1974March 731Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0F24James Hunt1–2
F – Firestone Tyres / G – Goodyear Tyres

Hesketh Racing Constructors’ Championship Results

YearChassisEngineTyreNo.DriversRoundsWCC PointsWCC Pos.Report
1974308Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0F
24James Hunt3–15156th
31Ian Scheckter12
Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3.0G24James HuntAll334th
25Torsten Palm5
Harald Ertl11
Brett Lunger12–14
32Torsten Palm7
Harald Ertl12
1976308DFord Cosworth DFV V8 3.0G24Harald Ertl2–160NC
25Guy Edwards5, 8–10, 13–14
Rolf Stommelen12
Alex Ribeiro15
1977308EFord Cosworth DFV V8 3.0G24Rupert Keegan5–160NC
25Harald Ertl5–9
Héctor Rebaque11–13
Ian Ashley14–16
39Héctor Rebaque7–9
Ian Ashley12–13
1978308EFord Cosworth DFV V8 3.0G24Divina Galica1–20NC
Eddie Cheever3
Derek Daly4–6
F – Firestone Tyres / G – Goodyear Tyres

Private Entrants

1975Custom Made Harry Stiller Racing308BFord Cosworth DFV V8 3.0F25Alan Jones4
F – Firestone Tyres

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Hesketh Drivers

Driver Nationality Current/Last Team F1 Debut Status
British Wolf 1973 Monaco Grand Prix Died, F1 Legend
Australian Arrows 1975 Spanish Grand Prix Died, F1 Legend
American Arrows 1978 Argentine Grand Prix Retired