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John Watson

John Watson. Copyright Ferret Fotographic 2009. Used with permission.

John Watson. Copyright Ferret Fotographic 2009. Used with permission.

John Watson, Race Retro, 23rd February 2019. Copyright Poppyseed Media, 2019. Used with permission.

John Watson, Race Retro, 23rd February 2019. Copyright Poppyseed Media, 2019. Used with permission.

Born:

04 May 1946
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Nationality:

Great Britain

Grands Prix:

152 (1973-1985)

F2 starts:

23 (1969-1974)

A five time Grand Prix winner, Watson started racing as a teenager in 1963 in Ireland, but it took a lot of time, effort and grit to break through not only to Formula 1, but to win - taking a win for Penske in 1976. Watson had good and bad years, but took a welcome win at the 1981 British Grand Prix, and also won in his last full season of Grand Prix racing in 1983. From 1984, he carried on racing successfully in sportscars until 1990. He initially became a TV commentator (which he still does) but has since also worked as a journalist and for a while ran his performance driving school at Silverstone.

Biography last updated 24 Jan 2015